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Data Element Name:  Patient Ethnicity File Location:   Master, De-Identified, De-Identified Abbreviated
SPARCS Data Element Number:  26
Record Positions:  142 - 142 Format-Length:  A/N - 1
Effective Date:  1/1/1994 Revision Date:             
Deniable Data Element:  No

Definition:

The code which best describes the ethnic origin of the patient.

Codes and Values:
  1. "1" = Spanish/Hispanic Origin
    "2" = Not of Spanish/Hispanic Origin
    "9" = Unknown
Edit Applications:
  1. Must have been a valid entry.
Conversion Notes:

The code is the same as was used on the DDAs since 1987. For discharges prior to 1987, this field was derived from the race field as follows:

DDA Race Code/Description UDS Ethnicity Code
1  Asian or Pacific Islander 2
2  African American (Black) 2
3  Hispanic (valid for prior 1987 DDA only) 1
4  Native American (American Indian/Eskimo/Aleutian) 2
5  Other Race 9
6  White 2