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Definition

Whether a patient has had a previous admission or service contact for treatment in the specialty area within which treatment is now being provided, as represented by a code.

Components

Data Element (this item)

Representation

This representation is based on the value domain for this data element, more information is available at " Previous specialised treatment code N ".
Data Type Number
Format N
Maximum character length 1
Values
Value Meaning Start Date End Date
Permissible Values 1 Patient has no previous admission(s) or service contact(s) for the specialised treatment now being provided
2 Patient has previous hospital admission(s) but no service contact(s) for the specialised treatment now being provided
3 Patient has previous service contact(s) but no hospital admission(s) for the specialised treatment now being provided
4 Patient has both previous hospital admission(s) and service contact(s) for the specialised treatment now being provided
Supplementary Values 5 Unknown/not stated

Comments

Origin:
National Health Data Committee

Comments:

This metadata item was originally developed in the context of mental health institutional care data development (originally metadata item Problem status and later First admission for psychiatric treatment). More recent data development work, particularly in the area of palliative care, led to the need for this item to be re-worded in more generic terms for inclusion in other data sets.

For palliative care, the value of this data element is in its use in enabling approximate identification of the number of new palliative care patients receiving specialised treatment. The use of this data element in this way would be improved by the reporting of this data by community-based services.

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Use within a Question 0
As a numerator in an Indicator 0
As a denominator in an Indicator 0
As a disaggregation in an Indicator 0