LS variable metadata
Variable: DUR1DE
Table: DETH
Short description: Duration of illness. Death of LS member (1993 onwards)
Full description: This data (next 5 fields) is to all intents and purposes unusable. Is first five characters of free-format text field. This field contains the numeric element of duration of illness. The unit element is held separately in DURUNIT.
Coding notes: 1993 onwards:
Alphanumeric, Spaces
The field may contain alphanumeric details, eg 3-4 . In instances where alpha durations such as `long standing', `sudden', `since birth' apply there is a need for truncation into the limit of 5 characters allowed for this field. This truncation gives a problem when details in this field are copied to ACCS (Automated Cause Coding System) for matching with the allowable durations within the ACCS System. Some information is therefore lost to ACCS processing. Because this field can contain numeric or alpha characters only, or a combination of alpha and numeric, no input code range can be defined. See ACCST field for information about ACCS. See DURACCS for information on durations returned by ACCS.

Coding scheme

-8Not coded (before 19930000)

Notes: Inadvisable to use this variable.
Units of measurement:  
Source: Details are as supplied by the Registration Service Software or BAD System fields (DUR_1 to DUR_5). The field allows for 5 occurrences of DUR to match up with the 5 occurrences of CODT on the Registration portion of the record. Where a CODT occurrence is blank, `NS' will be held for DUR.
Former name of variable:  
Derived: N
Derivation: Not available
Date range: From: 19930101  
Keyword: Mortality
Comparable variables for other individuals:  
Comparable variables for other times:  
Restricted: N
Data type: Text
Length of field: 5