Injury event—human intent of injury, code NN

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Data Element
Short name:External cause—human intent
METeOR identifier:268944
Registration status:Health, Standard 01/03/2005
Tasmanian Health, Draft 23/07/2012

The clinician's assessment identifying the most likely role of human intent in the occurrence of the injury or poisoning, as represented by a code.

Data Element Concept:Injury event—human intent of injury

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Code
Data type:String
Maximum character length:2
Permissible values:
01Accident - injury not intended
02Intentional self-harm
03Sexual assault
04Maltreatment by parent
05Maltreatment by spouse or partner
06Other and unspecified assault
07Event of undetermined intent
08Legal intervention (including police) or operations of war
09Adverse effect or complications of medical and surgical care
10Other specified intent
11Intent not specified

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:

Select the code which best characterises the role of intent in the occurrence of the injury, on the basis of the information available at the time it is recorded. If two or more categories are judged to be equally appropriate, select the one that comes first in the code list. This metadata item must always be accompanied by an Injury event—external cause, non-admitted patient human intent code NN code.

This Value domain is for use in injury surveillance purposes only, when it is not possible to use a complete ICD-10-AM code (e.g. non-admitted patients in emergency departments).

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes


Enables categorisation of injury and poisoning according to factors important for injury control. This information is necessary for defining and monitoring injury control targets, injury costing and identifying cases for in-depth research.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:

National Data Standards for Injury Surveillance Advisory Group


National Health Data Committee

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

Supersedes External cause - human intent, version 4, DE, NHDD, NHIMG, Superseded 01/03/2005.pdf (16.4 KB)

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:
All attributes +

Injury surveillance DSS Health, Superseded 05/02/2008

Injury surveillance DSS Health, Superseded 14/12/2009

Injury surveillance DSS 2010-13 Health, Superseded 02/05/2013

DSS specific attributes +

Injury surveillance NBPDS 2013- Health, Standard 02/05/2013

DSS specific attributes +

Injury surveillance NMDS Health, Superseded 03/05/2006

DSS specific attributes +

Injury surveillance NMDS Health, Superseded 07/12/2005