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The clarification for the fields in the template is given in the Interaction template (Actant Dictionary).

Name Diagnosis
Target Outcome an agreed strong diagnostic hypothesis
Social actors and roles analysts; clinical practitioners in various disciplines (medicine, organisation, engineering, climate change,…)
Trigger or preceding interaction problem statement, a shock, the sensing of a negative trend (e.g. erosion of resources, global warming, excessive risk taking by some actors,…)
Interfaces and services A diagnostics guideline clearinghouse; a taxonomy for recording properties of (living) things
Inputs and outputs inputs: evidence (on operations, sensations,…) and comments from the various stakeholders; output: a diagnostic hypothesis that can be defended.
Stores and tools diagnostic instruments and guidelines, such as the Diagnosis guidelines1 (at the US National Guideline Clearinghouse)
Other characteristics
Part of Regulative Cycle
Parts Tests, interviews, surveys, consulting or making observations,…
Succeeding Interactions solution design, therapy selection, or agenda setting
Alternatives bypassing diagnosis
Action Realm Monitoring & Evaluation
Risks Weak diagnostic hypotheses can lead to wrong therapy (treatment); Bypassing diagnosis with jumping to solutions.
Further reading Diagnosis (Wikipedia)

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