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Person—source of death notification, code X[X]

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termSource of death notification
METeOR identifier:Help on this term521245
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 05/10/2016
Definition:Help on this term

The source of death information relating to the date of a person's death, as represented by a code.

Data Element Concept:Person—source of death notification

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termString
Format:Help on this termX[X]
Maximum character length:Help on this term2
Permissible values:Help on this term
ValueMeaning
1Official death certificate or death register
2Health care provider
3Relative
4Re-instated
88Other
Supplementary values:Help on this term
98Unknown

Collection and usage attributes

Comments:Help on this term

The code set described in this value domain aligns with the relevant data element in AS 4846:2014 but is not identical to it.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Reference documents:Help on this term

Standards Australia 2014. AS 4846:2014 Person and provider identification in healthcare. Sydney: Standards Australia.

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

Alternative codes:

D    Official death certificate or death register

P    Healthcare provider

R    Relative

X    Re-instated

O    Other

U    Unknown

This data element should always be used in conjunction with a date of death.

Source of death notification is required in cases where the date of death is recorded to indicate the likely certainty of the death notification.

CODE 1    Official death certificate or death register

Directly from a death certificate or indirectly from an official State/Territory register of deaths. This includes where the health care provider has signed the death certificate.

CODE 2     Health care provider

Includes verbal notification, written in a medical record or other documentation other than the official death certificate.

CODE 3    Relative

Death is highly likely to be certain, but cases of inaccurate reporting of death by relatives have been known and should not be considered equal in certainty to the health care provider as a source of death information.

CODE 4     Re-instated

See the Collection methods section.

CODE 88     Other

Death is identified through newspapers or other sources. These should be considered the least reliable sources of death notification. Many health care organisations do not accept this level of notification.

CODE 98     Unknown

The source of information about the subject’s death is not known. This is the least reliable source of death notification.

Collection methods:Help on this term

Any software system dealing with identification of individuals shall have the capacity to re-instate or reverse the notification of death.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Reference documents:Help on this term

Standards Australia 2014. AS 4846:2014 Person and provider identification in healthcare. Sydney: Standards Australia.

Relational attributes

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term

Individual demographic identifiers cluster Health, Standard 05/10/2016

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