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healthcare activity period during which a contact occurs


This is a concrete item and can be implemented directly

Term: contact period; 
Synonym: encounter; 
Plural: contact periods; 


NOTE 1 Since during a contact, more than one health issue may be addressed, it may relate to more than one healthcare process and more than one episode of care.

NOTE 2 In EN 13940-1:2007 the concept encounter was defined as 'contact in the course of which healthcare activities are delivered to a subject of care in her or his presence'.


EXAMPLES Face to face contact with a GP, telephone contact, telemedicine contact.

Diagrammatic representation

Simple graph - contact period

Required associations

exactly one contact takes place during exactly one contact period

Optional associations


        health related period
    healthcare activity period
contact period


contact period