Current Build HL7 v3 Value Set Ethnicity

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This value set ( is defined as part of HL7 v3.


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In the United States, federal standards for classifying data on ethnicity determine the categories used by federal agencies and exert a strong influence on categorization by state and local agencies and private sector organizations. The federal standards do not conceptually define ethnicity, and they recognize the absence of an anthropological or scientific basis for ethnicity classification. Instead, the federal standards acknowledge that ethnicity is a social-political construct in which an individual's own identification with a particular ethnicity is preferred to observer identification. The standards specify two minimum ethnicity categories: Hispanic or Latino, and Not Hispanic or Latino. The standards define a Hispanic or Latino as a person of "Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, South or Central America, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race." The standards stipulate that ethnicity data need not be limited to the two minimum categories, but any expansion must be collapsible to those categories. In addition, the standards stipulate that an individual can be Hispanic or Latino or can be Not Hispanic or Latino, but cannot be both.

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This value set is used in the following places:

  • This value set is the designated 'entire code system' value set for v3.Ethnicity

This value set includes codes from the following code systems:


This expansion generated 07 Aug 2018

This value set contains 43 concepts

Expansion based on version 2018-04-01

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02135-2Hispanic or LatinoHispanic or Latino
1  2137-8SpaniardSpaniard
2    2138-6AndalusianAndalusian
2    2139-4AsturianAsturian
2    2140-2CastillianCastillian
2    2141-0CatalonianCatalonian
2    2142-8Belearic IslanderBelearic Islander
2    2143-6GallegoGallego
2    2144-4ValencianValencian
2    2145-1CanarianCanarian
2    2146-9Spanish BasqueSpanish Basque
1  2148-5MexicanMexican
2    2149-3Mexican AmericanMexican American
2    2150-1MexicanoMexicano
2    2151-9ChicanoChicano
2    2152-7La RazaLa Raza
2    2153-5Mexican American IndianMexican American Indian
1  2155-0Central AmericanCentral American
2    2156-8Costa RicanCosta Rican
2    2157-6GuatemalanGuatemalan
2    2158-4HonduranHonduran
2    2159-2NicaraguanNicaraguan
2    2160-0PanamanianPanamanian
2    2161-8SalvadoranSalvadoran
2    2162-6Central American IndianCentral American Indian
2    2163-4Canal ZoneCanal Zone
1  2165-9South AmericanSouth American
2    2166-7ArgentineanArgentinean
2    2167-5BolivianBolivian
2    2168-3ChileanChilean
2    2169-1ColombianColombian
2    2170-9EcuadorianEcuadorian
2    2171-7ParaguayanParaguayan
2    2172-5PeruvianPeruvian
2    2173-3UruguayanUruguayan
2    2174-1VenezuelanVenezuelan
2    2175-8South American IndianSouth American Indian
2    2176-6CriolloCriollo
1  2178-2Latin AmericanLatin American
1  2180-8Puerto RicanPuerto Rican
1  2182-4CubanCuban
1  2184-0DominicanDominican
02186-5Not Hispanic or LatinoNote that this term remains in the table for completeness, even though within HL7, the notion of "not otherwise coded" term is deprecated.