606,818 items of data are available, covering 440,548 participants.
Array indices run from 0 to 9.
Average length is 1.7 characters, longest is 6.
This field is a summary of the distinct method of discharge codes a participant has had recorded in their hospital inpatient records. Method of discharge from hospital identifies how a patient was discharged - i.e. whether this was on clinical advice, the patient died in hospital or the patient discharged themselves.
Note that the original information was obtained from a variety of external sources, some of which used overlapping and contradictory coding schemes. The values in this field can therefore only be interpreted when the source of each item is known (see Field 41253) using the source-specific codings Data-Coding 206, Data-Coding 248, Data-Coding 249 and Data-Coding 256. It is recommended that the re-coded Field 41250 is used instead of this one.
This field corresponds to the field DISMETH on the HESIN table; see the Inpatient Data Dictionary (Resource 141140) in Category 2000 for information about the HESIN table.
In order to conduct detailed analyses of this data using the source information, researchers will need to gain access to the HESIN table by adding Field 41259 to their basket.