An episode of care for a particular PATIENT comprising a series of OUT-PATIENT ATTENDANCES CONSULTANT, in respect of one referral, managed by the same CONSULTANT or, in the case of shared-care, by two or more CONSULTANTS equally participating in care. Where care is provided by two or more CONSULTANTS within the same episode, one CONSULTANT will take overriding responsibility for the patient and only one CONSULTANT OUT-PATIENT EPISODE is recorded. Additional CONSULTANTS participating in the care of PATIENT are defined as SHARED CARE OUT-PATIENT CONSULTANTS.

An out-patient episode can overlap with other CONSULTANT OUT-PATIENT EPISODES or CONSULTANT EPISODES (HOSPITAL PROVIDER) for a PATIENT using a hospital bed.

A CONSULTANT OUT-PATIENT EPISODE starts on the date the PATIENT first sees the CONSULTANT at an OUT-PATIENT ATTENDANCE CONSULTANT. The episode ends when the PATIENT is not given a further out-patient appointment by the CONSULTANT or the PATIENT has not attended for six months with no forthcoming appointment. If after discharge the condition deteriorates and the PATIENT returns to a clinic run by the same CONSULTANT, this is a new episode (referral).

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