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CodeSystem: AddressUse

Official URL: http://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v3-AddressUse Version: 3.0.1
Active as of 2019-03-20 Responsible: Health Level Seven International Computable Name: AddressUse
Other Identifiers: urn:ietf:rfc:3986#Uniform Resource Identifier (URI)#urn:oid:2.16.840.1.113883.5.1119

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Codes that provide guidance around the circumstances in which a given address should be used.

This Code system is referenced in the content logical definition of the following value sets:


This code system defines the following properties for its concepts

SpecializesCodingThe child code is a more narrow version of the concept represented by the parent code. I.e. Every child concept is also a valid parent concept. Used to allow determination of subsumption. Must be transitive, irreflexive, antisymmetric.
GeneralizesCodingInverse of Specializes. Only included as a derived relationship.
internalIdhttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/utg-concept-properties#v3-internal-idcodeThe internal identifier for the concept in the HL7 Access database repository.
notSelectablehttp://hl7.org/fhir/concept-properties#notSelectablebooleanIndicates that the code is abstract - only intended to be used as a selector for other concepts
statushttp://hl7.org/fhir/concept-properties#statuscodeDesignation of a concept's state. Normally is not populated unless the state is retired.


This case-sensitive code system http://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v3-AddressUse defines the following codes in a Is-A heirarchy:

LvlCodeDisplayDefinitioninternalIdNot Selectablestatus
1_GeneralAddressUse _GeneralAddressUse

Description: Address uses that can apply to both postal and telecommunication addresses.

2  BAD bad address

Description: A flag indicating that the address is bad, in fact, useless.

2  CONF confidential address

Description: Indicates that the address is considered sensitive and should only be shared or published in accordance with organizational controls governing patient demographic information with increased sensitivity. Uses of Addresses. Lloyd to supply more complete description.

2  H home address

Description: A communication address at a home, attempted contacts for business purposes might intrude privacy and chances are one will contact family or other household members instead of the person one wishes to call. Typically used with urgent cases, or if no other contacts are available.

3    HP primary home

Description: The primary home, to reach a person after business hours.

3    HV vacation home

Description: A vacation home, to reach a person while on vacation.

2  OLD no longer in use

This address is no longer in use.

Usage Note: Address may also carry valid time ranges. This code is used to cover the situations where it is known that the address is no longer valid, but no particular time range for its use is known.

2  TMP temporary address

Description: A temporary address, may be good for visit or mailing. Note that an address history can provide more detailed information.

2  WP work place

Description: An office address. First choice for business related contacts during business hours.

3    DIR direct

Description: Indicates a work place address or telecommunication address that reaches the individual or organization directly without intermediaries. For phones, often referred to as a 'private line'.

3    PUB public

Description: Indicates a work place address or telecommunication address that is a 'standard' address which may reach a reception service, mail-room, or other intermediary prior to the target entity.

1_PostalAddressUse _PostalAddressUse

Description: Address uses that only apply to postal addresses, not telecommunication addresses.

2  PHYS physical visit address

Description: Used primarily to visit an address.

2  PST postal address

Description: Used to send mail.

1_TelecommunicationAddressUse _TelecommunicationAddressUse

Description: Address uses that only apply to telecommunication addresses, not postal addresses.

2  AS answering service

Description: An automated answering machine used for less urgent cases and if the main purpose of contact is to leave a message or access an automated announcement.

2  EC emergency contact

Description: A contact specifically designated to be used for emergencies. This is the first choice in emergencies, independent of any other use codes.

2  MC mobile contact

Description: A telecommunication device that moves and stays with its owner. May have characteristics of all other use codes, suitable for urgent matters, not the first choice for routine business.

2  PG pager

Description: A paging device suitable to solicit a callback or to leave a very short message.



2024-03-02reviseTIMarc DuteauFix typo in display of one AddressUse concept; up-527
2023-11-14reviseTSMGMarc DuteauAdd standard copyright and contact to internal content; up-476
2022-10-18reviseTSMGMarc DuteauFixing missing metadata; up-349
2022-02-17 00:00:32+1100reviseVocabulary WGGrahame GrievePopulate Missing caseSensitive property; UP-286
2020-05-06reviseVocabulary WGTed KleinMigrated to the UTG maintenance environment and publishing tooling.