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Patient—date of last contact, DDMMYYYY

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termDate of last contact—cancer patient
METeOR identifier:Help on this term394060
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 07/12/2011
Definition:Help on this termThe date of last contact with the patient, expressed as DDMMYYYY.
Data Element Concept:Patient—date of last contact

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termDate
Data type:Help on this termDate/Time
Format:Help on this termDDMMYYYY
Maximum character length:Help on this term8

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

Record the date on which the patient was last known to be alive.

The date of last contact may be used for administrative purposes in conjunction with the patient's last known cancer status to identify how complete the treatment information is.

The last contact date may, for example, be the discharge date of an inpatient stay, the date of an outpatient appointment, the date of an investigation such as a scan or the date of a home visit by, for instance, a palliative care nurse or occupational therapist.

The last contact date may also be derived from an official source, for example, a letter from a physician detailing the patient's last follow-up appointment.

Many hospitals conduct routine follow-up of patients and the last contact date may result from a phone call to the patient.

The date of last contact should be updated as required.

If the patient has multiple primary cancers, all records should have the same date of last contact.

The date of death is collected as a separate item.

The date of last contact must be:

  • Greater than the date of diagnosis, and
  • Less than or equal to the date of death.
Collection methods:Help on this termThe information should be collected from the patient’s medical record.
Comments:Help on this termThis information is used for patient follow-up and outcome studies.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termCancer Australia

Relational attributes

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See also Patient—cancer status, code N Health, Standard 07/12/2011

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term

Cancer (clinical) DSS Health, Superseded 08/05/2014

Cancer (clinical) DSS Health, Superseded 14/05/2015

Cancer (clinical) NBPDS Health, Standard 14/05/2015

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