Prison dischargee—self-assessed mental health status, general level of health code N

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Data Element
Short name:Self-assessed mental health status
METeOR identifier:625897
Registration status:Health, Standard 28/04/2016

The prison dischargee's assessment of their own level of mental health, as represented by a code.

Data Element Concept:Prison dischargee—self-assessed mental health status

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Code
Data type:Number
Maximum character length:1
Permissible values:
2Very good
Supplementary values:

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:

For use in Prisoner health data collections. If this value domain is used with other metadata then 'Unknown' would map to code 8.

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:

Self-assessed health status is a commonly used measure of overall health. While it may not always be equivalent to health status as measured by a medical professional, it does reflect a person's perception of his or her own health at a given point in time. Therefore, it is a useful measure of a person's current health status, as well as providing a broad picture of a population's overall health.

Collection methods:

This standard question was developed by Picker Institute Europe and selected for use by the Patient Experience Information Development Working Group (PEIDWG) as part of the national set of core, common patient experience questions (CATI version) designed to be used for hospital patients. The question relating to this data element is as follows:

STD-3: In general, would you say your health is?

  • Excellent
  • Very good
  • Good
  • Fair
  • Poor

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare


RAND Health 2009. 36-Item Short Form Survey from the RAND Medical Outcomes Study (SF-36). RAND Health, Santa Monica, CA. Viewed 1 April 2014,

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

Supersedes Prison dischargee—self-assessed mental health, self-assessed general level of health code N Health, Superseded 28/04/2016

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:

Prison dischargee NBEDS Health, Standard 28/04/2016

DSS specific attributes +