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[bioontology-support] search concept definitions

Ray Fergerson ray.fergerson at stanford.edu
Mon Aug 26 13:47:54 PDT 2013


Lee,

 

If you use "History and Physical" as the search term and then include
property values in the search, you will get 10 matches, including the ROS
one that you prefer. The "include property valus" flag allows the system
to search the definition property, which is were the matches are made.

 

Ray

 

From: bioontology-support-bounces at lists.stanford.edu
[mailto:bioontology-support-bounces at lists.stanford.edu] On Behalf Of Lee M
Surprenant
Sent: Thursday, August 22, 2013 12:29 PM
To: support at bioontology.org
Subject: [bioontology-support] search concept definitions

 

I was browsing the REST API and I do not see this function.  Here is why I
think it would be useful:

I am trying to find the best match for my concept "History and Physical"
from within the NCI Thesaurus.

I make the following REST call:
http://rest.bioontology.org/bioportal/search/?query=Physical
<http://rest.bioontology.org/bioportal/search/?query=Physical&ontologyids=
1032&subtreerootconceptid=C16203&includedefinitions=true&maxnumhits=15&api
key=YourApiKey>
&ontologyids=1032&subtreerootconceptid=C16203&includedefinitions=true&maxn
umhits=15&apikey=YourApiKey

I get back a single answer with a decent match:
<conceptId> <http://ncicb.nci.nih.gov/xml/owl/EVS/Thesaurus.owl#C20989>
http://ncicb.nci.nih.gov/xml/owl/EVS/Thesaurus.owl#C20989</conceptId>
<conceptIdShort>C20989</conceptIdShort>
<preferredName>Physical Examination</preferredName>
<contents>Physical</contents>
<definition>A systemic evaluation of the body and it's functions
using visual inspection, palpation, percussion and auscultation. The
purpose is to determine the presence or absence of physical signs of
disease or abnormality for an individual's health
assessment.</definition>
...


But it's missing the 'History' part, so I browse the Ontology manually and
find:


Preferred Name (Preferred_Name) 

Review of Systems


Synonyms (FULL_SYN) 

ROS


Definitions (DEFINITION) 

A comprehensive assessment of a patient, which includes a subjective
history taking component as well as an objective based structured
interview and physical examination of all the body systems.


ID

C95618



Now, I'm not necessarilly saying that ROS is a "better" match, but it
would be nice for it to show up on the search results.  Any thoughts?

thanks,

Lee Surprenant
IBM Emerging Technologies | jStart Team
lmsurpre at us.ibm.com | (919) 543-8919

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