Clinical intervention

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Glossary Item
METeOR identifier:327220
Registration status:Health, Standard 01/03/2005
Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 02/09/2016
ACT Health, Final 09/08/2018

An intervention carried out to improve, maintain or assess the health of a person, in a clinical situation.


Health services:

Information about the surgical and non-surgical interventions provides the basis for analysis of health service usage, especially in relation to specialised resources, for example theatres and equipment or human resources.

Collection and usage attributes


Clinical interventions include invasive and non-invasive procedures, and cognitive interventions.


(a) Therapeutic interventions where there is a disruption of the epithelial lining generally, but not exclusively, with an implied closure of an incision (e.g. operations such as cholecystectomy or administration of a chemotherapeutic drug through a vascular access device);

(b) Diagnostic interventions where an incision is required and/or a body cavity is entered (e.g. laparoscopy with/without biopsy, bone marrow aspiration).


Therapeutic or diagnostic interventions undertaken without disruption of an epithelial lining (e.g. lithotripsy, hyperbaric oxygenation; allied health interventions such as hydrotherapy; diagnostic interventions not requiring an incision or entry into a body part such as pelvic ultrasound, diagnostic imaging).


An intervention which requires cognitive skills such as evaluating, advising, planning (e.g. dietary education, physiotherapy assessment, crisis intervention, bereavement counselling).

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:National Health Data Committee.

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

Supersedes Clinical intervention, version 1, DEC, NHDD, NHIMG, Superseded 01/03/2005.pdf (13.9 KB)

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