Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Data Element|
|Short name:||Date of referral to palliative care services|
|Synonymous names:||Supportive care; Symptomatic care|
|Definition:||The date on which a person with cancer was referred to palliative care services, expressed as DDMMYYYY.|
|Data Element Concept:||Person with cancer—date of referral to palliative care services|
Value domain attributes
|Maximum character length:||8|
Data element attributes
Collection and usage attributes
|Guide for use:|
Record the date on which a person with cancer was referred to palliative care services.
Referral to palliative care will generally come from a person with cancer's primary treatment clinician or GP.
If the patient is receiving palliative care but no referral date can be identified, record the date of the first account of receipt of palliative care as the date of referral.
Referral to palliative care services is referral to palliative care administered by palliative care specialists such as a palliative care team or palliative physician. Palliative care may be administered in a community setting, for example, the patient's home or a nursing home, in the palliative care unit of an acute hospital, or a hospice.
The date of referral must be:
|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|
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 InitiativeCancer Institute NSW 2006. NSW clinical cancer registration: minimum data set data dictionary, Version 1.9. Everleigh: Cancer Institute NSW
|Related metadata references:|
See also Cancer treatment—specialist support services date, DDMMYYYY
See also Cancer treatment—specialist support services indicator, yes/no/unknown code N
See also Person with cancer—referral to palliative care services indicator, yes/no/unknown code N
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