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Keywords

Depression, Evidence-based practice, Primary care, Standardized terminology

 

Authors

  1. DONTJE, KATHERINE PhD, FNP, BC
  2. COENEN, AMY PhD, RN, FAAN

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore how evidence-based practice recommendations for adults with depression were represented in two standardized nursing terminologies. A qualitative concept analysis was used to answer the research question. Concepts were extracted from the recommendations and matched to two standardized nursing terminologies through lexical and semanticconcept mapping techniques. Study findings included variability in the lexical mapping to the standardized terminologies. The ability to map semantically was greater than lexical mapping, but the majority of these were partial matches. Findings also raised concerns about the potential for ambiguity of data retrieved when using standardized terminology.