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Person—date of death, DDMMYYYY

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termDate of death
METeOR identifier:Help on this term646025
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 05/10/2016
Definition:Help on this term

The date upon which a person ceases to live, expressed as DDMMYYYY.

Context:Help on this term

Required for:

  • statistical survival analysis for derivation of the length of time between diagnosis with primary cancer and death
  • where it is necessary to identify that a person has died (e.g. in a longitudinal health record or provider index).
Data Element Concept:Person—date of death

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termDate
Data type:Help on this termDate/Time
Format:Help on this termDDMMYYYY
Maximum character length:Help on this term8

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

Recorded for persons who have died.

Where Person—date of birth, DDMMYYYY is collected, Date of death must be equal to or greater than Date of birth for the same person.

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It is recommended that in cases where all components of the date of death are not known or where an estimate is arrived at from age, a valid date be used together with a flag to indicate that it is an estimate.

For record identification and/or the derivation of other metadata items that require accurate date of death information, estimated dates of death should be identified by a date accuracy indicator to prevent inappropriate use of date of death data. The linking of client records from diverse sources, the sharing of patient data, and data analysis for research and planning all rely heavily on the accuracy and integrity of the collected data. In order to maintain data integrity and the greatest possible accuracy an indication of the accuracy of the date collected is critical. The collection of Date—accuracy indicator, code AAA may be essential in confirming or refuting the positive identification of a person. For this reason it is strongly recommended that the Date—accuracy indicator, code AAA data element also be recorded at the time of record creation to flag the accuracy of the data.

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: AS4846:2014 Person and provider identification in healthcare. Standards Australia:Sydney.

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:Help on this term

Supersedes Person—date of death, DDMMYYYY Health, Superseded 05/10/2016, Tasmanian Health, Draft 23/07/2012, WA Health, Endorsed 19/03/2015, Disability, Standard 13/08/2015, Community Services (retired), Standard 30/09/2005

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term
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Individual demographic identifiers cluster Health, Standard 05/10/2016

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National Bowel Cancer Screening Program NBEDS 2018–19 Health, Superseded 12/12/2018

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National Bowel Cancer Screening Program NBEDS 2019–20 Health, Standard 12/12/2018

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National Bowel Cancer Screening Program NBEDS 2020–21 Health, Standardisation pending 15/11/2019

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Implementation in Indicators:Help on this termUsed as numerator
Australian Health Performance Framework: PI 3.1.1–Incidence of heart attacks (acute coronary events), 2019 Health, Standardisation pending 03/12/2019
National Bowel Cancer Screening Program: PI 11-Colorectal cancer mortality rate Health, Standard 06/09/2018
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