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Patient—primary body function or structure affected, body function or structure code N[N]

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Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termPrimary body function or structure of patient affected
METeOR identifier:Help on this term330176
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 07/12/2011
Definition:Help on this termThe primary body function or structure of the patient alleged to have been affected, as represented by a code.
Data Element Concept:Patient—primary body function or structure affected

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termN[N]
Maximum character length:Help on this term2
Permissible values:Help on this term
ValueMeaning
1Mental functions or structures of the nervous system
2Sensory functions and pain of the eye, ear and related structures
3Voice and speech functions or structures involved in voice and speech
4Functions or structures of the cardiovascular, haematological, immunological and respiratory systems
5Functions or structures of the digestive, metabolic and endocrine systems
6Genitourinary or reproductive functions and structures
7Neuromusculoskeletal or movement-related functions and structures
8Functions and structures of the skin and related structures
9Death
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97Not applicable
99Not stated/inadequately described

Collection and usage attributes

Comments:Help on this termThe coding categories for this value domain are based on the chapter headings for body functions and body structures in the Body component of the World Health Organization's International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF 2.1a) (WHO 2003).

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare
Steward:Help on this termAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare
Reference documents:Help on this termWHO (World Health Organization) 2003. International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). Geneva: WHO

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

This data element should be used in conjunction with the data element: Patient—additional body function or structure affected, body function or structure code N[N] to provide information on the nature of the harm alleged to have resulted from a health-care incident.

Only one primary body function or structure may be selected.

The primary body function or structure affected should be that which has the greatest impact on the patient.

Where this impact is psychological it should be recorded as Code 1 'Mental functions or structures of the nervous system'.

Where the patient experiences pain as a result of the health-care incident, record the code for the body structure with which the pain is most closely associated. Where the pain experienced by the patient as a result of the health-care incident is deemed to be more disabling than the associated physical or mental damage to the patient, then record Code 2 'Sensory functions and pain of the eye, ear and related structures'.

In the case of cancer primarily affecting a single organ or body part, the appropriate code for that organ or body part should be recorded. Where the cancer has progressed and affects major body systems, Code 4 'Functions or structures of the cardiovascular, haematological, immunological and respiratory systems' should be recorded. This rule should also be followed for other conditions affecting major body systems.

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This data element is fully aligned with the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (2006) National Claims and Policies Database, data item 16. 'Body functions or structures affected'.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare
Steward:Help on this termAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare
Reference documents:Help on this termAPRA (Australian Prudential Regulation Authority) 2006. Data Specifications National Claims and Policies Database document number 3.1. Canberra: APRA

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See also Patient—additional body function or structure affected, body function or structure code N[N] Health, Standard 21/11/2013

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Medical indemnity DSS 2012-14 Health, Superseded 21/11/2013

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Medical indemnity NBPDS 2014- Health, Standard 21/11/2013

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