Person—family name prefix, text A[A(29)]
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Data Element|
|Short name:||Family name prefix|
A starting component of a person's family name, as represented by text.
It is often an inherited honorific that has become part of the family name over time.
|Data Element Concept:||Person—family name prefix|
Value domain attributes
|Maximum character length:||30|
Data element attributes
Collection and usage attributes
|Guide for use:|
Where a person has a starting prefix to the family name, identification of that component as a prefix supports improved searching options in information systems.
Examples of a family name prefix include:
Record alphabetic characters, punctuation (for example, ‘-’) and spaces only.
Hyphenated family names are not a part of a name prefix and should be recorded using Person—family name, text X[X(39)].
A name prefix precedes a family name in a display of the full name. Names which include punctuation, such as O’Brien, should not have the ‘O’ separated out as a prefix, but should be treated as a single family name.
Source and reference attributes
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Standards Australia 2014. AS 4846:2014 Person and provider identification in healthcare. Sydney: Standards Australia.
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See also Person—family name prefix sequence number, code N[N]
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