However, if data is to be collected the Diabetes (clinical) Data Set Specification (DSS) aims to ensure national consistency in relation to defining, monitoring and recording information on patients diagnosed with diabetes.
The Diabetes (clinical) DSS relates to the clinical status of, the provision of services for, and the quality of care delivered to individuals with diabetes, across all health care settings including:
Divisions of General Practice;
Specialists in private practice; and
Community Health Nurses and Diabetes Educators.
The Diabetes (clinical) DSS:
provides concise, unambiguous definitions for items/conditions related to diabetes quality care, and
aims to ensure standardised methodology of data collection in Australia.
The expectation is that collection of this data set facilitates good quality of care, contributes to preventive care and has the potential to enhance self-management by patients with diabetes.
The underlying goal is improvement of the length and quality of life of patients with diabetes, and prevention or delay in the development of diabetes related complications.
Collection and usage attributes
This metadata set is primarily concerned with the clinical use of Diabetes data. It could/should be used by health and health related establishments that create, use or maintain, records on health care clients.
Data are collected over a 1-month period of all diabetes patients presenting at sites participating in the collection. The information is de-identified to protect the privacy of individuals. The participation is voluntary. An individual Benchmarking report is provided. The results provide a snapshot of care of people with diabetes.
Statistical units are entities from or about which statistics are collected or in respect of which statistics are compiled, tabulated or published.