Unintentional weight loss indicator

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Property
METeOR identifier:428806
Registration status:Health, Standard 08/05/2014

An indicator of whether a person experienced unintentional weight loss of greater than 10% in the previous six months.

Weight loss is a reduction of the total body mass, due to a mean loss of fluid, body fat or adipose tissue and/or lean mass. It can occur unintentionally due to an underlying disease such as cancer. Patients with medical causes of weight loss usually have signs or symptoms that suggest involvement of a particular organ system.
Property group:Impairment characteristic

Source and reference attributes

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

Relational attributes

Data Element Concepts implementing this property:

Person—unintentional weight loss indicator Health, Standard 08/05/2014