NFIRS 5.0 Element: ‘Patient Ethnicity’

Definition : Identifies the ethnicity of the patient. Ethnicity is an ethnic classification or affiliation. Ethnicity designates a population subgroup having a common cultural heritage, as distinguished by customs, characteristics, language, common history, etc. Currently, Hispanic/Latino is the only OMB designation for ethnicity.
Purpose : This entry permits an analysis of patients by ethnicity with type, severity, and cause of injury to identify trends and patterns that might be helpful in planning injury prevention techniques. It is also useful for studies of diseases and important to data systems in order to obtain certain Federal or State funds that are directed toward specific ethnic groups.
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Element Specification

 Specification   Value 
Requirement Optional
Expected Length 1
Element Type Coded Field – The coded field relating to an entry in the code table. Most coded fields allow for Plus+ One codes. For these fields the expected length of the coded entry is depicted as (National length OR Plus+ One length). Only fields with this notation in the expected length column allow for Plus+ One definitions. If the user has not provided information, an empty field should be transmitted.


Here are the NFIRS codes for the ‘Patient Ethnicity’ element.

Patient Ethnicity  Code 
Hispanic or Latino 1
Non Hispanic or Latino 0

Transactions containing ‘Patient Ethnicity’

The value of this element is captured by the following transaction :

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Last Updated on May 5, 2023