Person—asbestos exposure indicator, yes/no/unknown code N

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Data Element
Short name:Asbestos exposure indicator
METeOR identifier:428199
Registration status:Health, Standard 08/05/2014
Definition:An indicator of whether a person is known to have been exposed to asbestos, as represented by a code.
Data Element Concept:Person—asbestos exposure indicator

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Code
Data type:Number
Format:N
Maximum character length:1
Permissible values:
ValueMeaning
1Yes
2No
Supplementary values:
8Unknown

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:

Record whether a person has had known exposure to asbestos whether primary or secondary, occupational or domestic.

Primary exposure relates to direct exposure to asbestos, and secondary exposure relates to indirect contact to asbestos (for example the spouse or children of someone who worked with asbestos).
Collection methods:This information should be sought from the patient's medical record.
Comments:Asbestos inhalation is implicated in serious respiratory diseases such as asbestosis and pleural fibrosis. Asbestos exposure may increase the risk of lung cancer or mesothelioma and is an important risk factor for survival. It is collected for analysis of survival adjusted by stage at diagnosis and distribution of cancer cases by type and stage.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Cancer Australia
Reference documents:

Cancer Council Victoria 2010. Victorian Consensus Data Set: Lung Cancer Data Dictionary. Version 1.0. Melbourne: Cancer Council Victoria

Tim Driscoll et al. 2004. Occupational carcinogens: assessing the environmental burden of disease at national and local levels. (Environmental Burden of Disease Series, No. 6). Geneva: World Health Organisation

Stedman TL 2006. Stedman's Medical Dictionary. 28th edition. Maryland: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Fauci AS et al (Editors) 2008. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 17th edition, New York: McGraw-Hill Medical

Relational attributes

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:

Lung cancer (clinical) DSS Health, Superseded 14/05/2015

Lung cancer (clinical) NBPDS Health, Standard 14/05/2015