Person—underlying cause of death, code (ICD-10 2016 version) ANN{.N}

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Data Element
Short name:Underlying cause of death
Synonymous names:UCOD code
METeOR identifier:719784
Registration status:Health, Standard 16/01/2020
Definition:

The disease or injury which initiated the train of morbid events leading directly to a person's death or the circumstances of the accident or violence which produced the fatal injury, as represented by a code.

Data Element Concept:Person—underlying cause of death

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Classification scheme:International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, Tenth Revision (2016 version)
Representation class:Code
Data type:String
Format:ANN{.N}
Maximum character length:4

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:

Underlying cause of death is central to mortality coding and comparable international mortality reporting.

Comments:

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) codes and classifies the underlying cause of death (UCOD) according to the rules and guidelines for mortality coding adopted by the World Health Assembly and set out in the World Health Organization's International Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD).

The ABS uses Iris to process and code cause-of-death information reported on death certificates.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:

Australian Bureau of Statistics

Origin:

ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) 2008. Information Paper: Cause of death certification. Catalogue no. 1205.0.55.001. ABS, Canberra. Viewed 31 July 2019, https://www.ausstats.abs.gov.au/ausstats/subscriber.nsf/0/475BC02643DB45EDCA25750B000E38A4/$File/1205055001_2008.pdf

WHO (World Health Organization) 2016. The International statistical classification of diseases and related health problems, Tenth revision (2016 version). WHO, Geneva. Viewed 19th July 2019, https://icd.who.int/browse10/2016/en#/

Reference documents:

ABS 2008. Information Paper: Cause of death certification. Catalogue no. 1205.0.55.001. ABS, Canberra. Viewed 31 July 2019, https://www.ausstats.abs.gov.au/ausstats/subscriber.nsf/
0/475BC02643DB45EDCA25750B000E38A4/$File/1205055001_2008.pdf

WHO 2016. The International statistical classification of diseases and related health problems, Tenth revision (2016 version). WHO, Geneva. Viewed 19th July 2019, https://icd.who.int/browse10/2016/en#/

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

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DSS specific attributes +

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DSS specific attributes +

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DSS specific attributes +
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