The basic information required to assemble simple vital statistics, together with the accepted terms and definitions used when compiling these statistics. The minimum data set includes the essential information for birth and death certification, and for statistics on primary, secondary, and tertiary medical care. Several countries have established criteria for a minimum data set. In the United States http://www.cms.hhs.gov/quality/mds30/ provides general guidelines on data required for Medicare and Medicaid; comparable sets have been developed in the United Kingdom, Australia, and for many specialized aspects of health care services.
Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.