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Person—level of psychological distress, K-10 score of psychological distress code N

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termLevel of psychological distress (K-10 score)
METeOR identifier:Help on this term634094
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 28/04/2016
Definition:Help on this term

The level of psychological distress experienced by a person in the four weeks prior to interview, as represented by a code (score on the K-10 scale).

Data Element Concept:Person—level of psychological distress

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Classification scheme:K-10 score
Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termN
Maximum character length:Help on this term1
Permissible values:Help on this term
1Low (score of 10-19)
2Mild (score of 20-24)
3Moderate (score of 25-29)
4Severe (score of 30-50)
Supplementary values:Help on this term
9Not stated/inadequately described

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

This item records the score on the Kessler -10 (K-10), which is a standardised measure of non-specific psychological distress. The K-10 is based on questions about the level of nervousness, agitation, psychological fatigue and depression during the last 4 weeks. It is designed to discriminate between those people who have a serious mental illness and those who do not.


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Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

This data element should be used in conjunction with the data elements: Person—type of psychological distress, code N[N] and Person—frequency of symptoms, code N to determine the K-10 score.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Relational attributes

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See also Person—frequency of symptoms, code N Health, Standard 28/04/2016

See also Person—type of psychological distress, code N[N] Health, Standard 28/04/2016

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term

Psychological distress cluster Health, Standard 28/04/2016

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