This indicates whether a patient is making a first or follow-up attendance. For DAY CARE ATTENDANCES, FIRST ATTENDANCE is the first of a series, or only attendance, within one DAY CARE FUNCTION at DAY CARE FACILITIES of an ORGANISATION by either a PATIENT using a hospital bed or a regular day attender. A re-attendance is any subsequent attendance at a DAY CARE SESSION of the same DAY CARE FUNCTIONS and same HEALTH CARE PROVIDER by a PATIENT whose attender status has not changed since the previous attendance.
It should be noted that:
|a.||If a PATIENT attends a DAY CARE SESSION of the same DAY CARE FUNCTIONS at another site of the ORGANISATION, the initial attendance at the second facility is a re-attendance|
|b.||If a PATIENT attends a DAY CARE SESSION which is not of the same DAY CARE FUNCTIONS as one previously attended within the ORGANISATION, the initial attendance at the second facility is a FIRST ATTENDANCES|
|c.||If a PATIENT changes attender status from hospital bed to regular attender or vice-versa, the initial attendance after the change is a FIRST ATTENDANCES|
For OUT-PATIENT ATTENDANCE CONSULTANT the first attendance (face to face or telephone/telemedicine) is the start of the CONSULTANT OUT-PATIENT EPISODE and is the first attendance in a series with the same CONSULTANT following a referral.
This attribute is also known by these names: