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Patient Demographics

Data Element

Additional Information

Sexual Orientation
A person’s identification of their emotional, romantic, sexual, or affectional attraction to another person

Applicable Vocabulary Standard(s)

Applicable Standards
Sexual orientation must be coded in accordance with SNOMED CT® and HL7 Version 3 Standard, Value Sets for AdministrativeGender and NullFlavor, attributed as follows:
  • Lesbian, gay or homosexual. 38628009
  • Straight or heterosexual. 20430005
  • Bisexual. 42035005
  • Something else, please describe. nullFlavor OTH
  • Don't know. nullFlavor UNK
  • Choose not to disclose. nullFlavor ASKU
Adopted at 45 CFR 170.207(o)(1)


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