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Identifying and Definitional Attributes
QH 040934 v1
Data Element
Data Element
The attendance type indicates whether an occasion of service is either the initial or subsequent attendance during a single course of treatment.
Attendance type (ODC)
Representational Attributes
Permissible Values


1Initial attendance
2Subsequent attendance
Supplementary Values


Collection and Usage Attributes
Code 01: Initial attendance
The first attendance under the new specialist or a consultant physician's care would be classified as the 'initial' attendance.

The presentation of an unrelated illness, requiring the referral of the patient to another specialist or a consultant physician's care would initiate a new course of treatment in which case a new referral would be required.

The receipt by a specialist outpatient department of a new referral following the expiration of a previous referral for the same condition(s) does not necessarily indicate the commencement of a new course of treatment involving recording of an 'initial' attendance.
However, where the referring practitioner
- deems it necessary for the patient's condition to be reviewed; and
- the patient is seen under the care of a specialist or the consultant physician outside the currency of the last referral; and
- the patient was last seen by the specialist or the consultant physician more than 12 months earlier; then
the attendance following the new referral initiates a new course of treatment and therefore an initial attendance.
In relation to non-admitted patient care the terms 'Initial' and 'Subsequent' as commonly known as 'new' and 'repeat' respectively in health service delivery areas.
This distinction between initial and subsequent attendances has resource implications.
Relational Attributes
Related Metadata References

Related Metadata References_IR

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ViewRelationshipMetadata Item TypeMetadata Item SubtypeNameIdentifier & VersionApproval Status
Is related but not equivalent toData ElementData ElementNon-admitted patient service event-new/review clinical service statusQH 041686 Version 1Current
Relates toData ElementData ElementNon-admitted patient care-principal funding sourceQH 040939 Version 1Superseded
Relates toData ElementData Element ConceptNon-admitted patient care-specialist outpatient service-referralQH 040927 Version 1Superseded
Relates toData ElementData Element ConceptNot ready for careQH 040377 Version 2Superseded
Relates toData ElementData Element ConceptOccasion of serviceQH 040607 Version 1Retired
Relates toData ElementDerived Data ElementNon-admitted patient care-service delivery waiting periodQH 040937 Version 1Superseded
Implementation in Metadata Sets


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Source and Reference Attributes
Policy for the Management of Specialist Outpatient Services in Queensland Public Hospitals (January 2005).