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Identifying and Definitional Attributes
QH 040102
Metadata Item Type
Data Element
Data Element Type
Data Element
Approval Status
Approval Type
Approving Authority
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	The date of death of the person.
Required for: 
- statistical survival analysis for derivation of the length of time between diagnosis with primary cancer and death
- where it is necessary to identify that a person has died (eg in a longitudinal health record or provider index).
Short Name
Date of death
Name in Other Contexts
Representational Attributes
Numeric character
Representation Class
Minimum Character Length
Maximum Character Length
Permissible Values
Supplementary Values
Collection and Usage Attributes
Guide for Use
Recorded for persons who have died.
Verification Rules
Where Date of birth is collected, Date of death must be equal to or greater than Date of birth for the same person.

NHDD Specific: Cancer (clinical) DSS:
This field must be greater than or equal to Date of diagnosis of primary cancer.
Collection Methods
Queensland Cancer Registry (QCR):
Queensland Cancer Registry currently requires dates to be transmitted in DDMMCCYY format. QCR obtains death information from the Registrar General and other sources such as Hospitals and nursing homes where the death is on site. 

Queensland Perinatal Data Collection (QPDC):
DSU obtain Perinatal death information from the Medical Certificate of Cause of Perinatal Death (Form T) from the Registrar General. 
It is recommended that in cases where all components of the date of death are not known or where an estimate is arrived at from age, a valid date be used together with a flag to indicate that it is an estimate.

NHDD Specific: Health care provider identification DSS:
Where any component of the Date of death is not known, provision should be made to collect age (in years) and a year of birth derived from age. 

The linking of client records from diverse sources, the sharing of patient data, and data analysis for research and planning all rely heavily on the accuracy and integrity of the collected data. In order to maintain data integrity and the greatest possible accuracy an indication of the accuracy of the date collected is critical. For this reason it is strongly recommended that the data element Date accuracy indicator also be recorded at the time of record creation to flag the accuracy of the data.  

In some instances, the collection of Date accuracy indicator may be essential in confirming or refuting the positive identification of a person.
Other References:

AS4846 Health Care Provider Identification, 2004, Sydney: Standards Australia
Relational Attributes
Related Metadata References
Is qualified by Date-accuracy indicator QH 040907 Version 1
Relates to Date of birth QH 040163 Version 2
Supersedes Date of death QH 040102 Version 1
Implementation in Metadata Sets


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ViewMetadata Item TypeMetadata Set TypeNameAscendingIdentifier & VersionObligationEffective FromEffective To
Information AssetData CollectionQueensland Cancer Registry (QCR) Data CollectionQH 020002 Version 1Conditional04-Jun-200419-Oct-2008
Information AssetData CollectionQueensland Perinatal Data Collection (QPDC)QH 020003 Version 1Conditional04-Jun-200419-Oct-2008
Data Quality Declaration
Source and Reference Attributes
Source Organisation
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Source Document
National Health Data Dictionary