Nurse-led ontology construction: A design science approach

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Shields, Philip John (2016) Nurse-led ontology construction: A design science approach. PhD thesis, Victoria University.


Most nursing quality studies based on the structure-process-outcome paradigm have concentrated on structure-outcome associations and have not explained the nursing process domain. This thesis turns the spotlight on the process domain and visualises nursing processes or ‘what nurses do’ by using ‘semantics’ which underpin Linking Of Data (LOD) technologies such as ontologies. Ontology construction has considerable limitations that make direct input of nursing process semantics difficult. Consequently, nursing ontologies being constructed to date use nursing process semantics collected by non-clinicians. These ontologies may have undesirable clinical implications when they are used to map nurse processes to patient outcomes. To address this issue, this thesis places nurses at the centre of semantic collection and ontology construction.

Item type Thesis (PhD thesis)
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 0801 Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing
Historical > FOR Classification > 1110 Nursing
Historical > FOR Classification > 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Current > Division/Research > College of Health and Biomedicine
Keywords OWL-DL ontologies, RDF, resource description framework, NREM, nursing role effectiveness model, concepts, relationships, models, modelling, NSIs, nurse sensitive indicators, graphs, process semantics, software robots, patterns, knowledge acquisition, health information systems
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