Theoretical considerations of ethics in text mining of nursing documents

Hanna Suominen, Tuija Lehtikunnas, Barbro Back, Helena Karsten, Tapio I. Salakoski, Sanna Salanterä

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This paper discusses theoretical considerations of ethics in building and using a text mining application in nursing documentation. Nursing documentation is based on the process of gathering information from the patient, setting goals for care, documenting nursing interventions and evaluating delivered nursing care. Privacy-sensitive health care documentation brings specific ethical concerns and difficulties that one needs to be aware of and conform to when developing and using text mining tools in electronic patient records. We discuss how patient confidentiality can be ensured in this domain and how text mining might support nurses to give better and more efficient care for their patients. Our conclusion is that text mining of nursing documents holds the promise of great benefits when the potential risks are taken into consideration.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConsumer-Centered Computer-Supported Care for Healthy People - Proceedings of NI 2006: The 9th International Congress on Nursing Informatics
EditorsH.-A. Park
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)158603622X, 9781586036225
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jun 2006
Externally publishedYes
Event9th International Congress on Nursing Informatics, NI 2006 - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 9 Jun 200621 Jun 2006

Publication series

NameStudies in health technology and informatics
PublisherIOS Press
ISSN (Print)0926-9630


Conference9th International Congress on Nursing Informatics, NI 2006
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of


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