Person with cancer—referral to palliative care services indicator, yes/no/unknown code N
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Data Element|
|Short name:||Referral to palliative care services indicator|
|Synonymous names:||Supportive care, symptomatic care|
|Definition:||An indicator of whether the person with cancer was referred to palliative care services as part of their cancer treatment or follow-up, as represented by a code.|
|Data Element Concept:||Person with cancer—referral to palliative care services indicator|
Value domain attributes
|Maximum character length:||1|
Data element attributes
Collection and usage attributes
|Guide for use:|
Record whether the patient was referred to palliative care services.
Referral to palliative care services is referral to palliative care administered by palliative care specialists such as a palliative care team or palliative physician.The point of transition to palliative care is when treatment goals become focussed on improving quality of life. However, the transition does not imply a discontinuation of active care or abandonment from treating cancer team.
|Collection methods:||This information should be sought from the patient's medical record.|
|Comments:||This information is used to evaluate the quality of care for patients with cancer, and may have implications for access to, and the provision of, cancer services.|
Source and reference attributes
|Submitting organisation:||Cancer Australia|
|Reference documents:||National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre (NBOCC) and National Cancer Control Initiative (NCCI) 2003. Clinical practice guidelines for the psychosocial care of adults with cancer. Camperdown, NSW: National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre & National Cancer Control Initiative|
|Related metadata references:|
See also Person with cancer—date of referral to palliative care services, DDMMYYYY
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