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Definition

The scope of this data set is admitted patients receiving palliative care in all public and private acute hospitals, and free standing day hospital facilities. Hospitals operated by the Australian Defence Force, correctional authorities and Australia's external territories are not currently included.

Palliative care patients are identified by the data element Hospital service—care type, code N[N].

Scope links with other NMDSs

Episodes of care for admitted patients receiving palliative care in all public and private acute hospitals and free standing day hospital facilities:

  • Admitted patient care NMDS.
  • Admitted patient mental health care NMDS.

Glossary items

Glossary terms that are relevant to this National minimum data set are included here.

Admission

Hospital boarder

Hospital-in-the-home care

Newborn qualification status

Organ procurement - posthumous

Separation

Metadata items in this Data Set Specification

Below is a list of all the components within this Dataset Specification.
Each entry includes the item name, whether the item is optional, mandatory or conditional and the maximum times the item can occur in a dataset.
If the items must occur in a particular order in the dataset, the sequence number is included before the item name.


Data Elements

Reference Data Element Data Type Length Inclusion #
Episode of admitted patient care—admission date, DDMMYYYY
Specific Information:

Right justified and zero filled.

admission date <= separation date

admission date >= date of birth

Date/Time 8 mandatory 1
Episode of admitted patient care—admission mode, code N Number 1 mandatory 1
Episode of admitted patient care—number of days of hospital-in-the-home care, total {N[NN]} Number 3 mandatory 1
Episode of admitted patient care—separation date, DDMMYYYY
Specific Information:

For the provision of state and territory hospital data to Commonwealth agencies this field must:

  • be ≤ last day of financial year
  • be ≥ first day of financial year
  • be ≥ Admission date
Date/Time 8 mandatory 1
Episode of admitted patient care—separation mode, code N - - mandatory 1
Episode of care—principal source of funding, hospital code NN String 2 mandatory 1
Establishment—organisation identifier (Australian), NNX[X]NNNNN - - mandatory 1
Hospital service—care type, code N[N] Number 2 mandatory 1
Patient—previous specialised treatment, code N
Specific Information:
For palliative care, the value of this item is in its use in enabling approximate identification of the number of new palliative care patients receiving specialised treatment. The use of this metadata item in this way would be improved by the reporting of this data by community-based services.
Number 1 mandatory 1
Person—area of usual residence, statistical area level 2 (SA2) code (ASGS 2011) N(9) String 9 mandatory 1
Person—country of birth, code (SACC 2011) NNNN Number 4 mandatory 1
Person—date of birth, DDMMYYYY
Specific Information:

This field must not be null.

National Minimum Data Sets:

For the provision of State and Territory hospital data to Commonwealth agencies this field must:

  • be less than or equal to Admission date, Date patient presents or Service contact date
  • be consistent with diagnoses and procedure codes, for records to be grouped.
Date/Time 8 mandatory 1
Person—Indigenous status, code N Number 1 mandatory 1
Person—person identifier, XXXXXX[X(14)] - - mandatory 1
Person—sex, code N Number 1 mandatory 1

Comments

Comments:

Scope links with other NMDSs

Episodes of care for admitted patients receiving palliative care in all public and private acute hospitals and free standing day hospital facilities:

  • Admitted patient care NMDS.
  • Admitted patient mental health care NMDS.

Glossary items

Glossary terms that are relevant to this National minimum data set are included here.

Admission

Hospital boarder

Hospital-in-the-home care

Newborn qualification status

Organ procurement - posthumous

Separation

References

Related content

Relation Count
As a numerator in an Indicator 0
As a denominator in an Indicator 0
As a disaggregation in an Indicator 0