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Person with cancer—psychosocial services type, code N[N]

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Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termPsychosocial services referral type
METeOR identifier:Help on this term431257
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 08/05/2014
Definition:Help on this termThe type of psychosocial service a person with cancer is referred to as part of their cancer treatment or follow-up, as represented by a code.
Data Element Concept:Person with cancer—psychosocial services type

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
1Psychiatrist
2Psychologist
3Social worker
4Specialist nurse or nurse counsellor
5Cancer or volunteer support group
6Individual peer support
7Counsellor or bereavement counsellor
8Pastoral care
9Community services
Supplementary values:Help on this term
97Not applicable-patient not referred to psychosocial services
98Unknown whether patient referred to psychosocial services
99Patient referred to psychosocial services but type not stated/inadequately described

Collection and usage attributes

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Record the psychosocial service a person with cancer was referred to. Where multiple psychosocial services were referred to, this item should be recorded multiple times.

Pastoral care refers to counselling provided by pastors, chaplains, clergy and other religious leaders or spiritual advisors.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termCancer Australia
Reference documents:Help on this termCancer Institute NSW & NSW Health Department 2006. NSW clinical cancer registration: minimum data set data dictionary, version 1.9. Sydney: Cancer Institute NSW

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

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Record the psychosocial service a person with cancer was referred to. Where multiple psychosocial services were referred to, this item should be recorded multiple times.

Referral to psychosocial services will generally come from a person with cancer's primary treatment clinician or GP.

The person diagnosed with cancer experiences a range of practical, psychological, physical and emotional difficulties. For example, these may include coping with the shock of their diagnosis and fears over their health and future. They may experience physical symptoms and treatment-related adverse effects such as nausea, fatigue and a general decline in functioning. There may be changes in their role and family functioning, occupational or employment status, and financial status. Some will have to come to terms with progressive illness and approaching death.

The opportunity to access psychosocial services may be limited for some patients by local circumstances and the availability of resources such as access to psychiatrists, clinical psychologists or specialist oncology nurses.

Collection methods:Help on this termThis information should be sought from the patient's medical record.
Comments:Help on this termThis information is used to evaluate the quality of psychosocial care for patients with cancer, and may have implications for access to, and the provision of, cancer services.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termCancer Australia
Reference documents:Help on this term

National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre and National Cancer Control Initiative 2003. Clinical practice guidelines for the psychosocial care of adults with cancer. Camperdown, NSW: National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre

Cancer Institute NSW & NSW Health Department 2006. NSW clinical cancer registration: minimum data set data dictionary, version 1.9. Sydney: Cancer Institute NSW

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See also Person with cancer—date of referral to psychosocial services, DDMMYYYY Health, Standard 08/05/2014

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term

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

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

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