Guide for use:
This data element should be used in conjunction with the data elements: Person—specific chronic condition indicator, yes/no code N and Person—chronic condition indicator, yes/no code N to obtain information on a person's current and past chronic conditions.
For code 3 Cardiovascular disease instruct the respondent to include conditions which can be controlled by medication.
Arthritis, asthma, cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease contribute significantly to the burden of illness and injury in Australia. Consequently these chronic conditions have been identified as National Health Priority Areas. Targeting these areas can potentially reduce the burden of disease experienced by people with these conditions and reduce health care required and associated costs.
Department of Health and Ageing 2009. Chronic disease. Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing. Viewed 17 May 2010, <http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/chronic>
This content Based on Australian Institute of Health and Welfare material. Attribution provided as required under the AIHW CC-BY licence.
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