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Person—unintentional weight loss indicator, yes/no/unknown code N

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Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termUnintentional weight loss indicator
METeOR identifier:Help on this term428841
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 08/05/2014
Definition:Help on this termAn indicator of whether a person experienced unintentional weight loss of greater than 10% in the previous six months, as represented by a code.
Data Element Concept:Person—unintentional weight loss indicator

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Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termN
Maximum character length:Help on this term1
Permissible values:Help on this term
ValueMeaning
1Yes
2No
Supplementary values:Help on this term
8Unknown

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Guide for use:Help on this term

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.

Record whether a person experienced unintentional weight loss of greater than 10% occurring in the previous six months.
Collection methods:Help on this termThis information is based on the patient's self report and should be sought from their medical record.
Comments:Help on this termMarked weight loss is an important prognostic indicator and may influence treatment decisions. For example, cancer patients with weight loss have decreased performance status, impaired responses to chemotherapy and reduced median survival.

Source and reference attributes

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

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Lung cancer (clinical) DSS Health, Superseded 14/05/2015

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

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