Mental health care phase code N
Identifying and definitional attributes
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|Registration status:||Health, Superseded 17/12/2021|
A code set describing the phases of mental health care.
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Collection and usage attributes
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The primary goal of care that is reflected in the patient's mental health treatment plan.
It reflects a prospective assessment of the primary goal of care at the time of collection, rather than a retrospective assessment.
CODE 1 Acute
The primary goal of care is the short term reduction in severity of symptoms and/or personal distress associated with the recent onset or exacerbation of a psychiatric disorder.
CODE 2 Functional gain
The primary goal of care is to improve personal, social or occupational functioning or promote psychosocial adaptation in a patient with impairment arising from a psychiatric disorder.
CODE 3 Intensive extended
The primary goal of care is prevention or minimisation of further deterioration, and reduction of risk of harm in a patient who has a stable pattern of severe symptoms, frequent relapses or severe inability to function independently and is judged to require care over an indefinite period.
CODE 4 Consolidating gain
The primary goal of care is to maintain the level of functioning, or improving functioning during a period of recovery, minimise deterioration or prevent relapse where the patient has stabilised and functions relatively independently. Consolidating gain may also be known as maintenance.
CODE 5 Assessment only
The primary goal of care is to obtain information, including collateral information where possible, in order to determine the intervention/treatment needs and to arrange for this to occur (includes brief history, risk assessment, referral to treating team or other service).
CODE 9 Not stated/inadequately described
This code is not for use in primary data collections.
Source and reference attributes
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority 2016. Mental Health Phase of Care Guide. Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Sydney. Viewed 7 September 2016,
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Has been superseded by Mental health care phase code N Health, Standard 17/12/2021
Supersedes Mental health care phase code N Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Standard 15/10/2014
|Data elements implementing this value domain:|
Episode of care—mental health care phase, code N Health, Superseded 25/01/2018
Episode of care—mental health phase of care, code N Health, Superseded 23/12/2020
Episode of care—mental health phase of care, code N Health, Superseded 17/12/2021