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A set of codes each of which specifies a certain subcategory of the name part in addition to the main name part type.

Committee:FHIR Infrastructure Work Group
OID:2.16.840.1.113883.4.642.3.906 (for OID based terminology systems)
Source ResourceXML / JSON

This value set is not currently used

This value set includes codes based on the following rules:

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    LS Legal statusFor organizations a suffix indicating the legal status, e.g., Inc., "Co.", "AG", "GmbH", "B.V." "S.A.", "Ltd." Etc.
    AC AcademicIndicates that a prefix like "Dr." or a suffix like "M.D." or "Ph.D." is an academic title.
    NB NobilityIn Europe and Asia, there are still people with nobility titles (aristocrats). German "von" is generally a nobility title, not a mere voorvoegsel. Others are "Earl of" or "His Majesty King of..." etc. Rarely used nowadays, but some systems do keep track of this.
    PR ProfessionalPrimarily in the British Imperial culture people tend to have an abbreviation of their professional organization as part of their credential suffices
    HON HonorificAn honorific such as "The Right Honourable" or "Weledelgeleerde Heer".
    BR BirthA name that a person was given at birth or established as a consequence of adoption. NOTE: This is not used for temporary names assigned at birth such as 'Baby of Smith' – which is just a name with a use code of TEMP
    AD AcquiredA name part a person acquired. The name part may be acquired by adoption, or the person may have chosen to use the name part for some other reason. NOTE This differs from an other/psuedonym/alias in that an acquired name part is acquired on a formal basis rather than an informal one (e.g. registered as part of the official name)
    SP SpouseThe name assumed from the partner in a marital relationship. Usually the spouse‘s family name. No inference about gender may be made from the existence of spouse names
    MID Middle NameIndicates that the name part is a middle name. In general, the English "middle name" concept is all of the given names after the first. This qualifier may be used to explicitly indicate which given names are considered to be middle names. The middle name qualifier may also be used with family names. This is a Scandinavian use case, matching the concept of "mellomnavn"/"mellannamn". There are specific rules that indicate what names may be taken as a mellannamnin different Scandinavian countries
    CL Call meCallme is used to indicate which of the various name parts is used when interacting with the person
    IN InitialIndicates that a name part is just an initial. Initials do not imply a trailing period since this would not work with non-Latin scripts. Initials may consist of more than one letter, e.g., "Ph." could stand for "Philippe" or "Th." for "Thomas"
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    VV VoorvoegselA Dutch "voorvoegsel" is something like "van" or "de" that might have indicated nobility in the past but no longer so. Similar prefixes exist in other languages such as German, Spanish, French or Portugese


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Explanation of the columns that may appear on this page:

LvlA few code lists that FHIR defines are hierarchical - each code is assigned a level. For value sets, levels are mostly used to organize codes for user convenience, but may follow code system hierarchy - see Code System for further information
SourceThe source of the definition of the code (when the value set draws in codes defined elsewhere)
CodeThe code (used as the code in the resource instance). If the code is in italics, this indicates that the code is not selectable ('Abstract')
DisplayThe display (used in the display element of a Coding). If there is no display, implementers should not simply display the code, but map the concept into their application
DefinitionAn explanation of the meaning of the concept
CommentsAdditional notes about how to use the code