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This categorisation describes what is intended to happen to the PATIENT. Occasionally the PATIENT’s treatment does not go exactly to plan. For example, a PATIENT admitted as a day case may develop complications and have to be kept in overnight. Therefore another data item, PATIENT CLASSIFICATION, is used to describe what actually happens to the PATIENT. In this example, the PATIENT CLASSIFICATION would be 'Ordinary admission' and not 'Day case admission'.
This data element is also known by these names: