Context Groups are described using tables of the following form (optional columns are shown with italic column titles):
Context ID <#><Context Group Name>Type: (Non-)Extensible Version: <yyyymmdd>
|Coding Scheme Designator||Coding Scheme Version||Code Value||Code Meaning||<Reference Terminology> Equivalent Value|
A row of a Context Group table specifies one coded concept. Each Context Group table is named by a title and identified by a CID number and version.
The columns of the tables consist of:
In those cases where it is necessary, Coding Scheme Version (0008,0103) may also be specified. This column may be absent if Coding Scheme Version is not required for any of the coded concepts in the Context Group.
The value specified in the Code Meaning field is an acceptable value for the specified code value, but does not preclude the use of other synonymous text in the same or other language.
Note: Some coding schemes such as LOINC do not specify the equivalent of a Code Meaning.
If further description of the concept represented by the code is required in the DCMR (rather than referring to an external coding scheme), it is included in a separate table.
An optional column may provide an informative mapping from the coded concepts of the Context Group to a reference terminology specified in the column heading.
A Context Group may alternatively be defined by narrative reference to an externally defined coding scheme.
Note: See for instance CID 82.