Discovering Health Knowledge in the BC Nurse Practitioners Encounter Codes




Kuo, Mu-Hsing
Sangster-Gormley, Esther
Zou, Jin
Borycki, Elizabeth
Schreiber, Rita
Feddema, April

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Studies in Health Technology and Informatics


Integrating the Nurse Practitioner (NP) role into clinical practice settings is new in British Columbia (BC), Canada. Encounter codes are unique numeric codes assigned to specific types of patient care services performed by NPs. In this study we apply knowledge discovery techniques to analyze the encounter codes extracted from the BC Ministry of Health database to understand the most common practice activities carried out by NPs and what diseases patients sought care for from NPs. The analysis produced important information about NPs’ practice patterns. This work leads to a better understanding of NP practice patterns in BC.



Nurse Practitioner, Data Mining, Knowledge Discovery, Health Care


Kuo, M-H., Sangster-Gormley, E., Zou, J., Borycki, E., Schreiber, R. & Feddema, A. (2014). Discovering health knowledge in the BC nurse practitioners encounter codes. In Lovis, C., Séroussi, B., Hasman, A., Pape-Haugaard, L., Saka, O. & Andersen, S.K. (Eds.), Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, Volume 205: e-Health—For Continuity of Care (pp.1080-1084). Amsterdam, NL: IOS Press.