I agree this ‘definition’ problem is outside of the scope of this list. But since you misused terms, I reacted.
In your example in words: - Observation 'Serum sodium = X’, 'Normal associated and stored Normal range for adult males:: Lower=A, Higher=B - Evaluation 1 'X is abnormal and lower than Lower bound A’ - Evaluation 2 'Patient System has a state of Hyponatrenomy’ - Evaluation 3 ‘Patient System has problem item on the Problem list Y’ - Evaluation 4 ‘Patient System has risk to have as possible diagnosis Z1, Z2, Z3’ - … -… - Evaluation N ‘Patient has diagnosis Z4’ I agree that just one single Observation is not enough to safely diagnose the patient. More is needed than that. Gerard Freriks +31 620347088 gf...@luna.nl Kattensingel 20 2801 CA Gouda the Netherlands > On 2 Mar 2018, at 17:29, Bakke, Silje Ljosland > <silje.ljosland.ba...@nasjonalikt.no> wrote: > > We’re getting into territory that maybe doesn’t belong in the technical list > anymore, but anyway. <> > > I suspect this may be a disagreement in choice of words. I’m talking about > the difference between observational and evaluative statements. The lab > result is observational and what I called “diagnosis” is evaluative. The > point I was trying to make is that these are different in nature, whether we > choose to call the evaluative statement “problem” or “diagnosis”. The > S-sodium lab result by itself doesn’t necessarily mean that the patient > actually had a real hyponatremia, though I see that my previous statement > could be interpreted as such. Maybe the patient had simultaneous > hyperlipidemia or hyperproteinemia? The assessment of the larger picture is > of course what leads to the evaluative statement. > > The overall point I was trying to make was that you can’t expect to be able > to computationally draw conclusions about the health of a patient based only > on reference ranges for single observational statements; you also need a > human (or perhaps in the future a machine?) to assess a larger picture. > > I wish you all a nice weekend! J > > Regards, > Silje >
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