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Central Distributor SID: Description of Data Elements
This section describes how HCUP data elements are coded, restrictions on their use, their uniform values, and State-specific coding practices.
 
PrimLang - Primary language of patient
 
Documentation Sections:
General Notes
Uniform Values
State Specific Notes
General Notes
 

The principal language spoken (PrimLang) is retained as provided by the data source. The original values have not been recoded into uniform HCUP values and are source-specific.

 
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Uniform Values
 
VariableDescriptionValueValue Description
PrimLangPrimary language of patientaaaState specific coding - See the "State Specific Notes" section for details
 
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State Specific Notes

Hawaii

Beginning January 1, 2013, Hawaii reports Preferred Language Spoken. The Primary Language text was supplied in which we mapped them to the three character International Standards Organization (ISO) 639-2 Codes:

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE SGN
ARABIC ARA
CAMBODIAN MKH
CANTONESE CHI
CHAMORRO CHA
CHINESE CHI
CHUUKESE CHK
DANISH DAN
DUTCH DUT
ENGLISH ENG
FARSI (PERSIAN) PER
FILIPINO (OTHER) FIL
FRENCH FRE
GERMAN GER
GREEK GRE
HAWAIIAN HAW
HEBREW HEB
HINDI HIN
HUNGARIAN HUN
ILOCANO ILO
INDONESIAN IND
ITALIAN ITA
JAPANESE JPN
KOREAN KOR
LAOTIAN LAO
MANDARIN CHI
MARSHALLESE MAH
MICRONESIAN MAH
NORWEGIAN NOR
NOT APPLICABLE (USE FOR NEWBORNS ONLY) OTH
OTHER OTH
OTHER PACIFIC ISLANDER LANGUAGES MAH
PALAUAN (BELAUAN) PAU
POHNPEIAN PON
POLISH POL
PORTUGUESE POR
RUSSIAN RUS
SAMOAN SMO
SPANISH SPA
SWEDISH SWE
TAGALOG TGL
TAHITIAN TAH
TAIWANESE CHI
THAI THA
TONGAN TON
UNKNOWN\UNDETERMINED\REFUSED OTH
VIETNAMESE VIE
VISAYAN FIL
YAPESE YAP


Maryland

Beginning with 2013, Maryland reports preferred language spoken which has been mapped to the three character International Standards Organization (ISO) 639-2 Codes.



Michigan

Beginning with 2016 data, Michigan reports preferred language spoken, which has been mapped to the three character International Standards Organization (ISO) 639-2 Codes



Minnesota

Beginning with 2016 data, Minnesota reports preferred language spoken, which has been mapped to the three character International Standards Organization (ISO) 639-2 Codes.



New Jersey

Beginning 2008 New Jersey has provided a three digit code to identify the primary language spoken by the patient using the International Standards Organization (ISO) 639-2 Codes. The Patient's Primary Language Spoken is required for all patients and must be a valid code on the list unless the patient's birth date equals the Admission Date.

CODE LANGUAGE
AFR Afrikaans
AFA Afro-Asiatic languages unspecified
ALB Albanian
ARA Arabic
ARM Armenian
BEL Belarusian
BEN Bengali
BOS Bosnian
BUL Bulgarian
BUR Burmese
CAU Caucasian languages unspecified
CHI Chinese
SCR Croatian
CZE Czech
DUT Dutch
ENG English
EST Estonian
FRE French
CPF French Creole
GER German
GRE Greek, Modern
GUJ Gujarati
HEB Hebrew
HIN Hindi
HMN Hmong-Mien
HUN Hungarian
INE Indo-European languages unspecified
IND Indonesian
ITA Italian
JPN Japanese
KAN Kannada
KOR Korean
KRO Kru
LAO Lao
LIT Lithuanian
MAC Macedonian
MAL Malayalam
MAR Marathi
MKH Mon-Khmer, Cambodian
NAV Navajo
NOR Norwegian
PAN Panjabi
PER Persian
POL Polish
POR Portuguese
CPP Portuguese Creole
RUM Romanian
RUS Russian
SCC Serbian
SLA Slavic languages unspecified
SLO Slovak
SPA Spanish
SWA Swahili
SWE Swedish
SYR Syriac
TGL Tagalog
TAM Tamil
TEL Telugu
THA Thai
TUR Turkish
UKR Ukrainian
URD Urdu
VIE Vietnamese
YID Yiddish
YOR Yoruba
OTH Other languages

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Internet Citation: HCUP Central Distributor SID Description of Data Elements - All States. Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). August 2008. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/db/vars/siddistnote.jsp?var=primlang.
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