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Central Distributor SASD: Description of Data Elements

SEX - Sex of the patient
Documentation Sections:
General Notes
Uniform Values
State Specific Notes
General Notes

The sex of the patient (SEX) is provided by the data source. All non-male, no-female (e.g., "other") values are set to missing (.).

If SEX is inconsistent with diagnoses (DE1nn) or procedures (DE2nn), SEX is set to inconsistent (.C).

Beginning in 1998, this information is retained in the data element FEMALE.

Uniform Values
VariableDescriptionValueValue Description
SEXSex of the patient1Male
.BUnavailable from source (coded in 1988-1997 data only)
.CInconsistent: ED1nn, ED2nn
State Specific Notes


From 1988-1992, the source provided an "Other/Unknown" sex category, which included patients undergoing sex changes, undetermined sex, live births with congenital abnormalities that make it impossible to determine sex, and patients whose sex was unavailable from any source document. The "Other/Unknown" category was included under missing (.).

Starting in 1993, there was no documented source code for category of "Other". Any undocumented codes were set to invalid (.A).


Internet Citation: HCUP Central Distributor SASD Description of Data Elements - All States. Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). April 2008. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.
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