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Re: [Gnumed-devel] basic test types

From: Karsten Hilbert
Subject: Re: [Gnumed-devel] basic test types
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2004 11:23:27 +0200
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> When the fetcher/importer compares an incoming data file to the 
> test_type table, if GnuMed cannot find within the table a match on 
> fk_test_org, code, coding system, GnuMed could create a the extra 
> rows in test_type to hold the new values, and could be allowed to 
> populate basic_unit with whatever has been provided by the lab, 
which is how the German importer does it

> unless it is felt that (code, coding system, basic_unit) should be 
> unique across multiple test_orgs using the same (code, coding system).
IMO no

> But I still cannot see how basic_unit is useful (well, adequate) for 
> conversion purposes.
There are tools out there which know how to deal with
dimensioned values.

> Base_units remains useful to (potentially) be copied (or offer to be 
> copied) into test_results for measurements performed within (or 
> manually input within) the office.
That, too.

 As it is possible that weight 
> could be measured (or stated by the patient to be) in either kg or 
> pounds, and height can be in inches or cm or m, it is maybe better 
> that the units be offered and not assumed.

> Is this thread shaping into enough value to link from the wiki?
An amalgamation should be put into the Wiki under, say,
"GnuMed test results handling/hacking".

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