Table 2

Registry of Older South Australians' data domains and variables

DomainsGeneral variables
SociodemographicAge, gender, residency location, income level, marital status, country of birth, indigenous status, pensioner status
HealthMedical history, comorbidities, frailty and other health concerns impacting on independence such as: recent falls, pain, weight loss or nutritional concerns, feeling lonely, down or socially isolated, memory loss or confusion, risks, hazards or safety concerns in the home, including environmental concerns and special needs. When available Psychogeriatric Assessment Scales—Cognitive Impairment Scale score
FunctionAbility/need for support in transport, shopping, meal preparation, housework, medicine management, money management, walking, showering, dressing, eating, transfers, toilet use—assistance received, assistance required. When available Transition Score (capability) on entry to service; functional capacity is measured using the Modified Barthell Index
PsychologicalCognitive changes, such as changes in memory and thinking; changes in personality; behavioural problems; psychological symptoms associated with memory loss, decision-making. Psychosocial conditions or determinants such as feeling nervous, depressed or lonely, stressful events, changes in mental state, and social isolation. When available Cornell Scale for Depression
SocialServices and support currently being received, carer overview
Home safety assessmentSelf-neglecting of care, equipment/modification required to maintain independence, personal and smoke alarms; personal emergency plan, driving ability, concerns with living arrangements, concerns with financial situation, safety concerns, legal issues
Services providedCare level, service type, start and end of services provided, service location, care pathways, payments
Medication historyDispensed medications and dispensing details
ProvidersProvider type, location
General outcomesMortality, aged care services utilisation and changes
Health outcomesHealth services utilisation (ie, hospitalisations, readmissions to hospital after discharge, emergency room encounters, general practitioners’ visits, specialists’ visits, ambulance services), quality indicators of aged care services (ie, pressure ulcers, malnutrition), polypharmacy, inappropriate medication use and other disease specific outcomes