Female—cervical screening indicator, yes/no/not stated/inadequately described code N

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Data Element
Short name:Cervical screening indicator
Synonymous names:HPV test indicator
METeOR identifier:686938
Registration status:Health, Superseded 16/01/2020
Indigenous, Endorsed 27/02/2018
Definition:

An indicator of whether a female person has had a cervical screening, as represented by a code.

Data Element Concept:Female—cervical screening indicator

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Code
Data type:Number
Format:N
Maximum character length:1
Permissible values:
ValueMeaning
1Yes
2No
Supplementary values:
9Not stated/inadequately described

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:

CODE 9    Not stated/inadequately described

This code is not for use in primary data collections.

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Comments:

From 1 December 2017, the screening test for cervical cancer, the Pap test, changes to a test for the human papillomavirus (HPV) with partial HPV genotyping and reflex liquid-based cytology (LBC) triage. The procedure for collecting samples for HPV testing is the same as for having a Pap smear. A health-care professional will take a small sample of cells from the woman’s cervix. The sample will be sent to a pathology laboratory for examination. While the current Pap test can detect abnormal cell changes, the new cervical screening test will detect the HPV infection that can cause the abnormal cell changes, prior to the development of cancer. The recommended screening age for the HPV test is 25 to 74 years. (Under the previous screening test the age range was 18 to 69). The HPV test will be offered every 5 years (instead of every 2 as it was with the Pap test) (DoH 2017). A vaginal sample can also be taken by a woman, under supervision of her health-care professional (AIHW 2017).

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Reference documents:

AIHW (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare) 2017. National Cervical Screening Program data dictionary: Version 1.0. Cancer series no. 103. Cat. no. CAN 102. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 16 October 2017, http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=60129559625

DoH (Australian Government Department of Health) 2017. National Cervical Screening Program. Canberra: DoH. Viewed 24 November 2017, http://www.health.gov.au/internet/screening/publishing.nsf/Content/cervical-screening-1

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

Has been superseded by Female—cervical screening indicator, yes/no/not stated/inadequately described code N Health, Standard 16/01/2020

Supersedes Female—cervical screening indicator, yes/no/not stated/inadequately described code N Health, Superseded 25/01/2018, Indigenous, Archived 27/02/2018

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:
All attributes +

Indigenous primary health care NBEDS 2017–18 Health, Superseded 06/09/2018
Indigenous, Archived 22/10/2018

DSS specific attributes +

Indigenous primary health care NBEDS 2018–19 Health, Superseded 12/12/2018
Indigenous, Archived 02/04/2019

DSS specific attributes +

Indigenous primary health care NBEDS 2019–20 Health, Superseded 16/01/2020
Indigenous, Endorsed 02/04/2019

DSS specific attributes +
Implementation in Indicators:Used as numerator
Indigenous primary health care: PI22a-Number of regular clients who have had a cervical screening, 2015-2017 Health, Superseded 17/10/2018
Indigenous, Archived 17/10/2018
Indigenous primary health care: PI22a-Number of regular clients who have had a cervical screening, 2018-2019 Health, Superseded 16/01/2020
Indigenous, Endorsed 17/10/2018
Indigenous primary health care: PI22b-Proportion of regular clients who have had a cervical screening, 2015-2017 Health, Superseded 17/10/2018
Indigenous, Archived 17/10/2018
Indigenous primary health care: PI22b-Proportion of regular clients who have had a cervical screening, 2018-2019 Health, Superseded 16/01/2020
Indigenous, Endorsed 17/10/2018