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ISRN Nursing
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 676905, 6 pages
Research Article

Mapping the Diagnosis Axis of an Interface Terminology to the NANDA International Taxonomy

1School of Nursing, University of Barcelona, Campus of Bellvitge, Feixa Llarga s/n, 08907 Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain
2Nursing Information Systems Department, University Hospital of Bellvitge, 08907 Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain

Received 11 March 2012; Accepted 8 May 2012

Academic Editors: B. Mandleco and A. Williams

Copyright © 2012 Maria-Eulàlia Juvé Udina et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. Nursing terminologies are designed to support nursing practice but, as with any other clinical tool, they should be evaluated. Cross-mapping is a formal method for examining the validity of the existing controlled vocabularies. Objectives. The study aims to assess the inclusiveness and expressiveness of the nursing diagnosis axis of a newly implemented interface terminology by cross-mapping with the NANDA-I taxonomy. Design/Methods. The study applied a descriptive design, using a cross-sectional, bidirectional mapping strategy. The sample included 728 concepts from both vocabularies. Concept cross-mapping was carried out to identify one-to-one, negative, and hierarchical connections. The analysis was conducted using descriptive statistics. Results. Agreement of the raters’ mapping achieved 97%. More than 60% of the nursing diagnosis concepts in the NANDA-I taxonomy were mapped to concepts in the diagnosis axis of the new interface terminology; 71.1% were reversely mapped. Conclusions. Main results for outcome measures suggest that the diagnosis axis of this interface terminology meets the validity criterion of cross-mapping when mapped from and to the NANDA-I taxonomy.