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Identifying and Definitional Attributes
QH 040246 v1
Data Element
Data Element Concept
The most significant procedure that was performed for treatment of the principal diagnosis.

A procedure is:
- surgical in nature
- carries a procedural risk
- carries an anaesthetic risk
- requires specialised training, or
- requires special facilities or equipment only available in an acute care setting.
Gives an indication of the extent to which specialised resources, for example, human resources, theatres and equipment, are used. It also provides an estimate of the numbers of major surgical operations performed and the extent to which particular procedures are used to resolve medical problems. It is required for classification of acute patients into Australian National Diagnosis Related Groups.
Representational Attributes
Permissible Values


Supplementary Values


Collection and Usage Attributes
Record and code all procedures undertaken during the episode of care. When no procedure was performed for treatment of the principal diagnosis, use the following hierarchy: - procedure performed for treatment of additional diagnoses; - diagnostic / exploratory procedure related to the principal diagnosis; - diagnostic / exploratory procedure related to the additional diagnoses for the episode of care.
Relational Attributes
Related Metadata References

Related Metadata References_IR

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ViewRelationshipMetadata Item TypeMetadata Item SubtypeNameIdentifier & VersionApproval Status
Has been superseded byData ElementData Element ConceptProcedureQH 040617 Version 1Superseded
Relates toData ElementData Element ConceptAdditional proceduresQH 040247 Version 1Retired
Implementation in Metadata Sets


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ViewMetadata Item TypeMetadata Item SubtypeNameIdentifer & VersionObligationApproval StatusEffective FromEffective To
Information AssetData CollectionQueensland Hospital Admitted Patient Data Collection (QHAPDC)QH 020001 Version 1Superseded01-Jul-198430-Jun-1999
Source and Reference Attributes