Clinical Data Sets
A clinical data set is an operational standard which is a list of well defined variables which are relevant to some or other clinical activity. The information must be unambiguous and should not contradict existing standards, so for example date of birth is recorded in a standard manner already established in the NHS data dictionary. More ‘specialist variables’ e.g. things to do with biometry for example which currently do not exist in the data dictionary, must be defined de novo in the cataract data set.
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Developed through extensive consultation to ensure that they address the requirements of clinicians, patients, carers and health information technology professionals.
They are needed:
- to ensure that information can be recorded and integrated in electronic patient care records across professions, disciplines and specialities, while properly reflecting best practice
- to generate data that can be used for service delivery and performance management, commissioning, audit and research from data recorded for patient care at the point of care.
These standards were developed for use by:
- clinicians and healthcare professionals from across all clinical disciplines
- those who develop and implement electronic or paper care records.