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  1. FHIR Specification Feedback
  2. FHIR-23837

Encounter.participant.type name is confusing

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    • Type: Change Request
    • Status: Resolved - No Change (View Workflow)
    • Priority: Medium
    • Resolution: Not Persuasive
    • Specification:
      FHIR Core (FHIR)
    • Raised in Version:
      STU3
    • Work Group:
      Patient Administration
    • Related Artifact(s):
      Encounter
    • Resolution Description:
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      PA Virtual WGM Mon Q2 Jan 2021:

      Given that some resources use participant.role (CareTeam), some use performer.function (Procedure), and some use participant.type (Encounter, Appointment), we'd probably need some harmonization guidance from MnM (beyond what Lloyd mentioned in the comments) to determine the pattern that all WGs should apply for documenting participation.

      We do map participant.type to Event.performer.function.

      We spent a decent amount of time discussing role vs. type .vs function and ultimately the distinctions are very subtle and any potential changes to the spec would require more effort than it is worth (both by implementers and the WG).

       

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      PA Virtual WGM Mon Q2 Jan 2021: Given that some resources use participant.role (CareTeam), some use performer.function (Procedure), and some use participant.type (Encounter, Appointment), we'd probably need some harmonization guidance from MnM (beyond what Lloyd mentioned in the comments) to determine the pattern that all WGs should apply for documenting participation. We do map participant.type to Event.performer.function. We spent a decent amount of time discussing role vs. type .vs function and ultimately the distinctions are very subtle and any potential changes to the spec would require more effort than it is worth (both by implementers and the WG).  
    • Resolution Vote:
      Cooper Thompson / Irma Jongeneel : 11-0-0

      Description

      The name "Encounter.participant.type" name is confusing because it's the type of the participation not the type of the participant. I suggest "role" instead

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