Continuity of carer code N[N]

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Value Domain
METeOR identifier:558697
Registration status:Health, Standard 14/05/2015
Definition:A code set representing the extent to which continuity of carer is provided across the continuum of maternity care.

Representational attributes

Representation class:Code
Data type:Number
Format:N[N]
Maximum character length:2
Permissible values:
ValueMeaning
1Antenatal period only
2Antenatal and intrapartum periods
3Antenatal and postpartum periods
4Intrapartum and postpartum periods
5Whole duration of maternity period - antenatal, intrapartum and postpartum
6No continuity of carer
Supplementary values:
99Not stated/inadequately described

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:

CODE 1   Antenatal period only

This code is to be used if the model of care provides continuity of carer throughout the antenatal period only.

A single named designated carer provides the majority of care to each woman for the antenatal period only and not for intrapartum or postpartum care.

CODE 2   Antenatal and intrapartum periods

This code is to be used if the model of care provides continuity of carer throughout the antenatal and intrapartum periods only.

A single named designated carer provides the majority of care to each woman for the antenatal period as well as intrapartum care but does not provide postpartum care.

CODE 3   Antenatal and postpartum periods

This code is to be used if the model of care provides continuity of carer throughout the antenatal and postpartum periods only.

A single named designated carer provides the majority of care to each woman for the antenatal period and again in the postpartum period but not for intrapartum care. This may be the case for some remote or rural models of care where women are transferred to another hospital for birth but receive their antenatal and postnatal care in their local hospital or community.

CODE 4   Intrapartum and postpartum periods

This code is to be used if the model of care provides continuity of carer throughout the intrapartum and postpartum periods only.

A single named designated carer provides the majority of care to each woman for the birth episode (intrapartum period) and postpartum period but does not provide care in the antenatal period.

CODE 5   Whole duration of maternity period - antenatal, intrapartum and postpartum

This code is to be used if the model of care provides continuity of carer throughout all stages of the pregnancy, labour and postnatal periods.

A single named designated carer provides the majority of care to each woman for the antenatal, intrapartum and postpartum periods.

CODE 6   No continuity of carer

This code is to be used if the model of care does not provide any continuity of carer to women in the model.

There is no named designated carer assigned to each woman and care is provided by any number of different care providers throughout the antenatal, intrapartum and postpartum periods. There may be a small team of maternity care professionals providing care to women within the same philosophical model (continuity of care). However, there is no primary or lead caregiver offering continuity of carer.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:National Perinatal Epidemiology and Statistics Unit
Origin:National Maternity Data Development Project (AIHW and NPESU), Maternity Care Classification System subproject.

Relational attributes

Data elements implementing this value domain:

Maternity model of care—extent of continuity of carer, code N[N] Health, Standard 14/05/2015