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Person with cancer—date of referral to psychosocial services, DDMMYYYY

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Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termDate of referral to psychosocial services
METeOR identifier:Help on this term448664
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 08/05/2014
Definition:Help on this termThe date on which a person with cancer is referred to psychosocial services, expressed as DDMMYYYY.
Data Element Concept:Person with cancer—date of referral to psychosocial services

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Representation class:Help on this termDate
Data type:Help on this termDate/Time
Format:Help on this termDDMMYYYY
Maximum character length:Help on this term8

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Record the date the patient was first referred to psychosocial services.

If the patient is receiving psychosocial care but no referral date can be identified, record the date of the first account of receipt of psychosocial care as the date of referral.

Psychosocial services provide emotional and social support for patients and may, for example:

  • provide information
  • minimise the social and psychological impact of cancer on the patient and their family
  • integrate quality-of-life issues into the care of patients with cancer
  • develop strategies for the identification and management of patients experiencing significant emotional distress

Psychosocial care may be provided by the following individuals, programs or services:

  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Social worker
  • Specialist nurse or nurse counsellor
  • Cancer or volunteer support group
  • Individual peer support
  • Counsellor or bereavement counsellor
  • Pastoral care (refers to counselling provided by pastors, chaplains, clergy and other religious leaders or spiritual advisors)
  • Community services
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 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—psychosocial services type, code N[N] Health, Standard 08/05/2014

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term
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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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