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Person—communication method, code N

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Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termCommunication method
METeOR identifier:Help on this term270176
Registration status:Help on this termCommunity Services (retired), Superseded 29/04/2006
Definition:Help on this term

The method of communication, including sign language, most effectively used by the person, as represented by a code.

Data Element Concept:Person—communication method

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termN
Maximum character length:Help on this term1
Permissible values:Help on this term
ValueMeaning
0Child aged under 5 years (not applicable)
1Little, or no effective communication
2Sign language
3Other effective non-spoken communication (e.g. e-mail)
4Spoken language (effective)
8Other method of communication
Supplementary values:Help on this term
9Not stated/inadequately described

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

CODE 0     Child aged under 5 years (not applicable)

This metadata item is considered 'not applicable' to children under 5 because of the difficulty in assessing communication at early developmental stages. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) in the Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers only asks questions about difficulty and assistance with communication for people aged 5 years and older. Hence, children aged 0-4 years should be coded as '0'.

Source and reference attributes

Reference documents:Help on this termAustralian Bureau of Statistics 1999, Disability, Ageing and Carers: Summary of Findings, Australia, 1998, Cat. no. 4430.0, ABS, Canberra.

Data element attributes

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare
Origin:Help on this termAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare 2002. Commonwealth State/Territory Disability Agreement National Minimum Data Set collection: Data guide-data items and definitions 2002-03.

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Supersedes Communication method, version 1, DE, NCSDD, NCSIMG, Superseded 01/03/2005.pdf (15.1 KB)

Has been superseded by Person—communication method, code N Community Services (retired), Superseded 27/04/2007

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