Core Health Data Elements: Report of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics. Additional data items


While reviewing the draft list of data elements, respondents indicated a number of additional data elements that they felt were important core elements. Some of these included information on health behaviors, such as smoking and alcohol consumption; information on preventive services; language ability; severity of illness indicators; provider certainty of diagnostic information; information to link a mother's and infant's charts; information on readmissions and complications, to mention a few. Future projects may undertake to seek consensus among some of these items.