Purpose: This description focuses on the expressiveness and flexibility of OpenSDE: an application that supports recording of structured narrative data. Methods: OpenSDE enables data entry with (customizable) forms based on trees of medical concepts. The relevant scope for data entry can be tailored per medical domain by construction of a domain-specific tree. OpenSDE is intended for structuring narrative data to make these available for both care and research. Results: The OpenSDE application is currently in use at several departments in our academic hospital, including radiology, neurology, pediatrics, and child psychiatry. OpenSDE is available for all in open source.

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doi.org/10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2005.04.005, hdl.handle.net/1765/65112
International Journal of Medical Informatics
Department of Medical Informatics

Los, R.K, van Ginneken, A.M, & van der Lei, J. (2005). OpenSDE: A strategy for expressive and flexible structured data entry. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 74(6), 481–490. doi:10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2005.04.005