Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Data Element|
|Short name:||Injecting drug use status|
The client's use of injection as a method of administering drugs, as represented by a code.
|Data Element Concept:||Client—injecting drug use status|
Value domain attributes
|Maximum character length:||1|
Data element attributes
Collection and usage attributes
To be collected on commencement of treatment with a service.
For clients whose treatment episode is related to the alcohol and other drug use of another person, this metadata item should not be collected.
This metadata item has been developed for use in clinical settings. A code that refers to a three-month period to define 'current' injecting drug use is required as a clinically relevant period of time.
The metadata item may also be used in population surveys that require a longer timeframe, for example to generate 12-month prevalence rates, by aggregating Codes 1 and 2. However, caution must be exercised when comparing clinical samples with population samples.
This metadata item is important for identifying patterns of drug use and harms associated with injecting drug use.
Source and reference attributes
Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs National Minimum Data Set Working Group
|Related metadata references:|
Supersedes Injecting drug use status, version 2, DE, NHDD, NHIMG, Superseded 01/03/2005.pdf (15.8 KB) No registration status
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