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Re: [Gnumed-devel] Patient sex (gender) and the pros and cons of a singl

From: Karsten Hilbert
Subject: Re: [Gnumed-devel] Patient sex (gender) and the pros and cons of a single value per patient
Date: Tue, 13 May 2008 12:40:14 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.17+20080114 (2008-01-14)

On Mon, May 12, 2008 at 09:17:35AM -0700, James Busser wrote:

> I just realized that we cannot store, with a patient's previous name,  
> the value of their sex/gender *at that time*, which may not be the same 
> as their current sex/gender and also, that in the case of multiple names, 
> it cannot be deduced from the current (active) name which of the other 
> ones were used before vs after any gender re-assignment.

Oh, we still have the auditing metadata on the identity
table which logs gender changes which can be correlated with
name changes.

> Possibly it is OK that we only have a single sex/gender value... the  
> symbolic form shown next to the combo name / search field may be enough 
> to signal to a user that some caution may be required.
It shows all of the unusual variants, too, btw.

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