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Mental health service contact—service duration, total minutes NNN

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Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termMental health service contact duration
METeOR identifier:Help on this term737218
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 20/01/2021
Definition:Help on this term

The total time in minutes from the start to finish of a mental health service contact.

Data Element Concept:Mental health service contact—mental health service duration

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Representational attributes

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Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termNNN
Maximum character length:Help on this term3

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

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Service contacts where care delivery is reviewed and the patient/client is absent, such as case conferences or multidisciplinary reviews, are regarded as individual sessions. The time spent discussing each client should be recorded separately where possible. Where recording of session duration for each client is not possible, the total time for the discussion should be apportioned evenly between the number of clients discussed. For example, for a discussion of one hour, during which 6 clients where discussed, a 10 minute session duration would be recorded for each client.

For group sessions the time for the patient/client in the session is recorded for each patient/client, regardless of the number of patients/clients or third parties participating or the number of service providers providing the service.

Writing up details of service contacts is not to be reported as part of the duration, except if during or contiguous with the period of patient/client or third party participation.

Travel to or from the location at which the service is provided, for example to or from outreach facilities or private homes, is not to be reported as part of the duration of the service contact.

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Counting the duration for each patient/client in a group session means that this data element cannot be used to measure the duration of service contacts from the perspective of the service provider.

Source and reference attributes

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Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:Help on this term

Supersedes Mental health service contact—service duration, total minutes NNN Health, Superseded 20/01/2021, ACT Health, Final 09/08/2018

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term
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Community mental health care NMDS 2021–22 Health, Standard 20/01/2021

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Community mental health care NMDS 2022–23 Health, Standardisation pending 22/10/2021

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