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Coding of senility and old age in hospital data and death records


There is global debate concerning the appropriateness of the introduction of codes in ICD-11 in which old age is classified under general symptoms and a new extension code for age related disease. Use of such codes is supported by some who view ageing as a preventable/reversible pathological process, while others are concerned that these codes may lead to ageism in the determination of health needs and allocation of healthcare. This project will investigate how the existing codes have been applied in relation to hospital admission and cause of death, and under what circumstances.