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Person with cancer—basis of diagnostic investigation, code N

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Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termBasis of diagnostic investigation
METeOR identifier:Help on this term431369
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 08/05/2014
Definition:Help on this termThe basis of diagnostic investigation of a person with cancer at the time of first presentation, as represented by a code.
Data Element Concept:Person with cancer—basis of diagnostic investigation

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Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termN
Maximum character length:Help on this term1
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ValueMeaning
1Symptomatic
2Asymptomatic - diagnosis incidental
3Asymptomatic - diagnosis via opportunistic screening
4Asymptomatic - diagnosis via organised screening
5Asymptomatic - investigations leading to diagnosis not stated/inadequately described
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8Unknown whether patient symptomatic or asymptomatic

Collection and usage attributes

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CODE 1  Symptomatic

When an individual was diagnosed after seeking examination or treatment for a symptom related to the disease.

CODE 2  Asymptomatic - diagnosis incidental

The diagnosis of a disease during examinations, tests or other procedures for a purpose other than diagnosis of the specific disease.

CODE 3  Asymptomatic - diagnosis via opportunistic screening:

When the disease is diagnosed using screening tests that are offered to people who are being examined for other reasons. This is generally the detection of specific diseases that can be controlled better when detected early in their natural history in individuals or groups who may be predisposed to that disease, for example, individuals with particular risk factors.

CODE 4  Asymptomatic - diagnosis via organised screening:

The detection of unrecognised diseases or conditions in a specific population of people by using reliable tests, examinations or other procedures which can be applied rapidly as part of an organised screening program.

CODE 5   Asymptomatic - investigations leading to diagnosis not stated/inadequately described

If the patient is described as asymptomatic, but the event that first initiated the process of investigations leading to diagnosis is unknown.

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

Record the basis of diagnostic investigations for a person with cancer at the time of first presentation to a clinician for investigations. 

Outline whether the patient was symptomatic, and if the patient was asymptomatic, record the event that first initiated the process of investigations leading to diagnosis.

Collection methods:Help on this termThis information should be sought from the patient's medical record.
Comments:Help on this termThis information is used in clinical and population health research.

Source and reference attributes

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

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

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners 2009. Guidelines for preventive activities in general practice (7th edition). South Melbourne: The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

Relational attributes

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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