Link between goals and other clinical concepts

pablo pazos pazospablo at
Thu Jun 19 20:09:27 EDT 2014

Hi Heather!
Yes, I was evaluating the goal archetype. Great, now I get what the "Target archetype node" is for.
About that I have a question, what's the role of the "Target measurement"? My understanding was that's the value set for the goal (e.g. target body weight), not the measurement to be evaluated against the goal (e.g. current body weight). If that value is the measurement, where should the value for the goal be set? Or the idea is not to set a value like quantity but set a text in "Target".
My question was focused on the relationship between the value set for the target goal and the archetype used to record the measurements to be compared with the value of the goal. Because the goal and the measurements should comply the same constraints (magnitude, units, etc)
Also, what about when you have a goal for the BP and you need to specify a value for systolic and diastolic? Should I create two instances of the goal? (One for systolic and one for diastolic).

Kind regards,
Eng. Pablo Pazos Gutiérrez

From: heather.leslie at
To: openehr-clinical at
Subject: RE: Link between goals and other clinical concepts
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2014 03:13:09 +0000

Hi Pablo,
Is it safe to assume that you’ve seen the current archetype for Goal? It is here:
In it we have a data element that specifically identifies the archetype and path of the specific node that should be used to capture
 the actual measurement, eg the weight or height or systolic blood pressure.
This combination of the EVALUATION.goal archetype with various target OBSERVATIONs for recording the actual data is being used in
 implementations in Australia as part of a personalised care plan, as Hugh has indicated. The correlation with magnitude and unit constraints would be nice to have, but is not currently easy to achieve.

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Sent: Saturday, 14 June 2014 5:21 AM

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Subject: Link between goals and other clinical concepts


Hi, if I want to establish a goal for body weight, I think there's a need of linking the goal concept with the body weight concept, but the body weight archetype is for measuring the weight not
 to specify a goal for it.


I understand the difference between a goal (what you want to achieve, fixed value) and the measures (to control your progress and compare with the goal, variable value through time).


Also, I think the target measurement from the goal archetype will depend on the specific concept I'm creating a goal for (body weight), I mean the magnitude and units constraints
 should be inherited someway from the concept I'm measuring (body weight) into the goal archetype.


Does anyone has an idea of how will be a good way of modeling a goal related to another concept like weight or BP?




Kind regards,

Eng. Pablo Pazos Gutiérrez

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