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Principal Diagnosis

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Is there more than one definition of the principal diagnosis? (a. related to admission to hospital, b. related to the greatest consumption of resources)?

Nikolai v. Schroeders answers:

No, there is only one definition of the principal diagnosis: The principal diagnosis is defined as the condition /  diagnosis established after study to be chiefly responsible for occasioning the admission of the patient to the hospital.