What to call this concept?

John B Hughes, Dr john.b.hughes at mcgill.ca
Fri Jun 15 07:38:09 EDT 2018

As per a previous recommendation by Thomas regarding introducing ontological structure to the openEHR domain it might be interesting to see what the Ontology of General Medical Science https://bioportal.bioontology.org/ontologies/OGMS

Ontology for General Medical Science | NCBO BioPortal<https://bioportal.bioontology.org/ontologies/OGMS>
The National Center for Biomedical Ontology was founded as one of the National Centers for Biomedical Computing, supported by the NHGRI, the NHLBI, and the NIH Common Fund under grant U54-HG004028.

has to offer on the subject

John B. Hughes M.D., C.M.
Assistant Professor
McGill University
Faculty of Medicine

From: openEHR-clinical <openehr-clinical-bounces at lists.openehr.org> on behalf of Thomas Beale <thomas.beale at openehr.org>
Sent: June 15, 2018 6:25 AM
To: openehr-clinical at lists.openehr.org
Subject: Re: What to call this concept?

Without getting into all the obvious philosophical rabbit holes, a term I have seen used for (some of) this is 'social history' (a bit like 'natural history' for a particular kind of animal).

- thomas

On 15/06/2018 07:41, Bakke, Silje Ljosland wrote:

Hi everyone,

We’ve been struggling for a while to define and delineate a concept about the activities an individual does during their day – do they do paid work, unpaid work, are they a student, are they unemployed and seeking work, unemployed and not seeking work, retired, carer, are they a young child or infant, or something else? There may be multiple, like both studying and working.

A lot of feedback has been that we should constrain this to just employment, ie paid work. That would make the definition simple, but that’s not the concept we’re trying to define. We’ve been thinking about things like role in life, socio-economic or psychosocial activity situation, or activity in daily life. The first is rather vague, the second isn’t really a common expression, and the third feels too close to “ADL”, which is normally thought of functional assessments like whether you can take care of your own hygiene and nutrition.

A typical question that would lead to this concept could be “What do you do?”.

We’d really appreciate any ideas for what words or phrases we should use to name and describe this concept!

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