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Descriptor English: Observation
Descriptor Spanish: Observación
Descriptor Portuguese: Observação
Descriptor French: Observation
Tree number(s): E05.581.249
RDF Unique Identifier: https://id.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/D019370
Scope note: The act of regarding attentively and studying facts and occurrences, gathering data through analyzing, measuring, and drawing conclusions, with the purpose of applying the observed information to theoretical assumptions. Observation as a scientific method in the acquisition of knowledge began in classical antiquity; in modern science and medicine its greatest application is facilitated by modern technology. Observation is one of the components of the research process.
Annotation: do not confuse with the Publication Type OBSERVATIONAL STUDY or with OBSERVATIONAL STUDY AS TOPIC; use only as a scientific method, as "Langerhans, a genius at observation", "the father of clinical observation"; not for "electron microscopy observations on Pleistocene tissues" or "historical observations on dental care" or "observations on difficult children" or "diagnostic observations on hypertension"
Allowable Qualifiers: MT methods
Public MeSH Note: 97
History Note: 97
DeCS ID: 33183
Unique ID: D019370
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Date Established: 1997/01/01
Date of Entry: 1996/06/10
Revision Date: 2013/07/08
Observation - Preferred
Concept UI M0028825
Scope note The act of regarding attentively and studying facts and occurrences, gathering data through analyzing, measuring, and drawing conclusions, with the purpose of applying the observed information to theoretical assumptions. Observation as a scientific method in the acquisition of knowledge began in classical antiquity; in modern science and medicine its greatest application is facilitated by modern technology. Observation is one of the components of the research process.
Preferred term Observation



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