In these days, I’m working on mapping the chief complaint(c/c) data to SNOMED vocabulary.
Currently, my hospital’s c/c data is loaded in condition table, so I am trying to map the data as “condition domain” with “clinical finding class,” but it is hard to map ‘within’ the condition domain.
If I look for the certain vocabulary on condition domain with clinical finding class,
most of the mapped concepts seem to be the name of disease, not the complaints from the patients.
For example, if the patient comes to the hospital cause of tuberculosis exposure,
the chief complaint seems to be "exposure to tuberculosis(43530675) to me, which belongs to
observation domain not the condition.
There are many patients who already have diagnosed the disease and come to the bigger hospital
just for the procedure. On those cases, the chief complaints are written as the name of the procedure.
I even cannot guess why the patient needs the procedure at all, so I have to map the data as
the concept in ‘procedure’ domain.
To make story short, it seems like the chief complaints data may include various kinds of domains.
It could be the name of disease, the name of procedure or patients’ observational status.
However, as you know, since the data is in one certain table, the concepts have to belong to the
same domain, so I don’t know what to do right now.
Please tell me the rightful guideline for mapping c/c data.