Creating custom questionnaires is a powerful way to capture data from patients or care team members in the care pathway. In addition to asking the right questions it is important that questions (and sometimes answers) use the right coding. Coding can be used to standardize clinical terms and give more meaning to the data you are collecting (for example by using SNOMED CT), making sure the collected data adheres to a specific registry, standard outcomes set (like ICHOM) or research protocol. Coding also helps to make data analysis easier.
Finally, throughout your pathway you use datapoints to configure conditional transitions. Coding questions and answers allows you to easily find the datapoints for your conditional logic.
In short, coding helps to build better care pathways and ensure high data quality.
How to code questions
This is done in the form builder.
Highlight any question and click "Configure this question". You'll see a field appear and a text saying "Use a custom key for this question". Enter the desired question code here.
The coded question key is saved automatically.
You can now find this key back when configuring transitions and in the data catalog.
How to code answer options
Only the answer options of multiple choice questions can be coded. When editing a multiple choice question, first click "Configure this question", then toggle "Recode values".
You'll see the existing values for the existing answer options appear. Each answer option gets a default coded value. Change these values according to your needs. The new values are saved automatically.
Read more about managing data points and coded values in the data catalog.