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Episode of care—mental health legal status, code N

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termMental health legal status
METeOR identifier:Help on this term270351
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Superseded 07/12/2011
Commonwealth Department of Health, Candidate 16/07/2015
Definition:Help on this termWhether a person is treated on an involuntary basis under the relevant state or territory mental health legislation, at any time during an episode of admitted patient care, an episode of residential care or treatment of a patient/client by a community based service during a reporting period, as represented by a code.
Data Element Concept:Episode of care—mental health legal status

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
1Involuntary patient
2Voluntary patient
Supplementary values:Help on this term
3Not permitted to be reported under legislative arrangements in the jurisdiction

Collection and usage attributes

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CODE 1     Involuntary patient

Involuntary patient should only be used by facilities which are approved for this purpose. While each state and territory mental health legislation differs in the number of categories of involuntary patient that are recognised, and the specific titles and legal conditions applying to each type, the legal status categories which provide for compulsory detention or compulsory treatment of the patient can be readily differentiated within each jurisdiction. These include special categories for forensic patients who are charged with or convicted of some form of criminal activity. Each state/territory health authority should identify which sections of their mental health legislation provide for detention or compulsory treatment of the patient and code these as involuntary status.

CODE 2     Voluntary patient

Voluntary patient to be used for reporting to the NMDS-Community mental health care, where applicable.

CODE 3     Not permitted to be reported under legislative arrangements in the jurisdiction

Not permitted to be reported under legislative arrangements in the jurisdiction, is to be used for reporting to the National Minimum Data Set - Community mental health care, where applicable.

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

The mental health legal status of admitted patients treated within approved hospitals may change many times throughout the episode of care.

Patients may be admitted to hospital on an involuntary basis and subsequently be changed to voluntary status; some patients are admitted as voluntary but are transferred to involuntary status during the hospital stay. Multiple changes between voluntary and involuntary status during an episode of care in hospital or treatment in the community may occur depending on the patient's clinical condition and his/her capacity to consent to treatment.

Similarly, the mental health legal status of residents treated within residential care services may change on multiple occasions throughout the episode of residential care or residential stay.

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Admitted patients to be reported as involuntary if the patient is involuntary at any time during the episode of care.

Residents in residential mental health services to be reported as involuntary if the resident is involuntary at any time during the episode of residential care.

Patients of ambulatory mental health care services to be reported as involuntary if the patient is involuntary at the time of a service contact.

Source and reference attributes

Origin:Help on this termNational Health Data Committee

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:Help on this term

Is used in the formation of Episode of admitted patient care—diagnosis related group, code (AR-DRG v 6) ANNA Health, Standard 30/06/2013, Tasmanian Health, Draft 23/07/2012, Commonwealth Department of Health, Candidate 16/07/2015

Is used in the formation of Episode of admitted patient care—diagnosis related group, code (AR-DRG v 6.0x) ANNA Tasmanian Health, Archived 06/09/2016

Is used in the formation of Episode of admitted patient care—diagnosis related group, code (AR-DRG v 7.0) ANNA Tasmanian Health, Archived 06/09/2016

Is used in the formation of Episode of admitted patient care—diagnosis related group, code (AR-DRG v 7.0) ANNA Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 06/09/2016

Is used in the formation of Episode of admitted patient care—diagnosis related group, code (AR-DRG v 8.0) ANNA Tasmanian Health, Archived 11/01/2018

Is used in the formation of Episode of admitted patient care—diagnosis related group, code (AR-DRG v5.1) ANNA Health, Superseded 22/12/2009

Is used in the formation of Episode of admitted patient care—major diagnostic category, code (AR-DRG v 6) NN Health, Standard 30/06/2013, Tasmanian Health, Archived 07/09/2016, Commonwealth Department of Health, Candidate 16/07/2015

Is used in the formation of Episode of admitted patient care—major diagnostic category, code (AR-DRG v 8.0) NN Tasmanian Health, Archived 12/01/2018

Is used in the formation of Episode of admitted patient care—major diagnostic category, code (AR-DRG v5.1) NN Health, Superseded 22/12/2009

Has been superseded by Episode of care—mental health legal status, code N Health, Superseded 07/03/2014

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term
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Admitted patient care NMDS Health, Superseded 07/12/2005

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Admitted patient care NMDS 2006-07 Health, Superseded 23/10/2006

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Admitted patient care NMDS 2007-08 Health, Superseded 05/02/2008

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Admitted patient care NMDS 2008-09 Health, Superseded 04/02/2009

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Admitted patient care NMDS 2009-10 Health, Superseded 22/12/2009

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Admitted patient care NMDS 2010-11 Health, Superseded 18/01/2011

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Admitted patient care NMDS 2011-12 Health, Superseded 11/04/2012
Commonwealth Department of Health, Candidate 16/07/2015

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Admitted patient mental health care NMDS Health, Superseded 23/10/2006

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Admitted patient mental health care NMDS Health, Superseded 07/12/2005

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Admitted patient mental health care NMDS 2007-08 Health, Superseded 05/02/2008

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Admitted patient mental health care NMDS 2008-09 Health, Superseded 04/02/2009

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Admitted patient mental health care NMDS 2009-10 Health, Superseded 05/01/2010

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Admitted patient mental health care NMDS 2010-11 Health, Superseded 18/01/2011

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Admitted patient mental health care NMDS 2011-12 Health, Superseded 07/12/2011

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Community mental health care NMDS 2004-05 Health, Superseded 08/12/2004

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Community mental health care NMDS 2005-06 Health, Superseded 07/12/2005

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Community mental health care NMDS 2006-07 Health, Superseded 23/10/2006

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Community mental health care NMDS 2007-08 Health, Superseded 05/02/2008

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Community mental health care NMDS 2008-09 Health, Superseded 04/02/2009

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Community mental health care NMDS 2009-10 Health, Superseded 05/01/2010

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Community mental health care NMDS 2010-11 Health, Superseded 01/12/2010

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Community mental health care NMDS 2011-12 Health, Superseded 07/03/2012

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Residential mental health care NMDS 2005-06 Health, Superseded 07/12/2005

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Residential mental health care NMDS 2006-07 Health, Superseded 23/10/2006

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Residential mental health care NMDS 2007-08 Health, Superseded 05/02/2008

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Residential mental health care NMDS 2008-09 Health, Superseded 04/02/2009

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Residential mental health care NMDS 2009-10 Health, Superseded 05/01/2010

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Residential mental health care NMDS 2010-11 Health, Superseded 21/12/2010

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Residential mental health care NMDS 2011-12 Health, Superseded 07/03/2012

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