Glossary

differential diagnosis

The process of determining the possible causes or diseases for the presenting symptoms.

structured data elements

Refer to built-in templates or structures that guide the type of data to be entered in a specific field.

unstructured data elements

Refer to free-text entry that allows for the open-ended documentation of client data.

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Documentation in Nursing: 1st Canadian edition by Jennifer Lapum, Oona St-Amant, Charlene Ronquillo, Michelle Hughes, and Joy Garmaise-Yee is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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