1,410,288 items of data are available, covering 410,739 participants.
Array indices run from 0 to 19.
Average length is 4.0 characters, longest is 6.
This field is a summary of the distinct consultant speciality codes a participant has had recorded in their hospital inpatient records. The main speciality of the consultant is the specialism under which the consultant is contracted, e.g. cardiology or geriatric medicine, etc.
Note that the original information was obtained from a variety of external sources, some of which used overlapping and contradictory coding schemes. The values in this field can therefore only be interpreted when the source of the items is known (see Field 41253) using the source-specific codings Data-Coding 210 and Data-Coding 258. It is recommended that the re-coded Field 41245 is used instead of this one.
This field corresponds to the field MAINSPEF on the HESIN table; see the Inpatient Data Dictionary (Resource 141140) in Category 2000 for information about the HESIN table.
In order to conduct detailed analyses of this data using the source information, researchers will need to gain access to the HESIN table by adding Field 41259 to their basket.