Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Data Element|
|Short name:||Patient marital status code|
|Definition:||A person's current relationship status in terms of a couple relationship or, for those not in a couple relationship, the existence of a current or previous registered marriage, as represented by a code.|
|Data Element Concept:||Person—marital status|
Value domain attributes
|Maximum character length:||3|
Data element attributes
Collection and usage attributes
|Guide for use:|
Code DEF (De facto)
This code should generally be accepted as applicable to all de facto couples, including those of the same sex.
Code MAR (Married)
This code also includes people who have been divorced or widowed but have since re-married.
Code SEP (Separated)
This code refers to registered marriages but when self-reported may also refer to de facto relationships.
Code WID (Widowed)
This code usually refers to registered marriages but when self-reported may also refer to de facto relationships.
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