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Detailed Descriptions for the elements in the Basic resource.

Basic
Element Id Basic
Definition

Basic is used for handling concepts not yet defined in FHIR, narrative-only resources that don't map to an existing resource, and custom resources not appropriate for inclusion in the FHIR specification.

Control Cardinality 1..1 0..*
Type DomainResource
Requirements

Need some way to safely (without breaking interoperability) allow implementers to exchange content not supported by the initial set of declared resources.

Alternate Names Z-resource; Extension-resource; Custom-resource
Summary true
Basic.identifier
Element Id Basic.identifier
Definition

Identifier assigned to the resource for business purposes, outside the context of FHIR.

Note This is a business identifer, identifier, not a resource identifier (see discussion )
Control Cardinality 0..*
Type Identifier
Summary true
Basic.code
Element Id Basic.code
Definition

Identifies the 'type' of resource - equivalent to the resource name for other resources.

Control Cardinality 1..1
Terminology Binding Basic Resource Types ( Example )
Type CodeableConcept
Is Modifier true (Reason: This element determines what kind of resource is being represented which drives the meaning of all of the other elements.)
Requirements

Must be able to distinguish different types of Basic resources.

Summary true
Comments

Because resource references will only be able to indicate 'Basic', the type of reference will need to be specified in a Profile identified as part of the resource. Refer to the resource notes section for information on appropriate terminologies for this code.

This element is labeled as a modifier because the it defines the meaning of the resource and cannot be ignored.

Basic.subject
Element Id Basic.subject
Definition

Identifies the patient, practitioner, device or any other resource that is the "focus" of this resource.

Control Cardinality 0..1
Type Reference ( Any )
Requirements

Needed for partitioning the resource by Patient.

Summary true
Comments

Optional as not all potential resources will have subjects. Resources associated with multiple subjects can handle this via extension.

Basic.created
Element Id Basic.created
Definition

Identifies when the resource was first created.

Control Cardinality 0..1
Type date
Requirements

Allows ordering resource instances by time.

Summary true
Basic.author
Element Id Basic.author
Definition

Indicates who was responsible for creating the resource instance.

Control Cardinality 0..1
Type Reference ( Practitioner | PractitionerRole | Patient | RelatedPerson | Organization )
Patterns Reference(Practitioner,PractitionerRole,Patient,RelatedPerson,Organization): Common patterns = Participant
Requirements

Needed for partitioning the resource.

Summary true