DCM Z1:  375  Gender


When recording a term indicating gender, prefer controlled vocabulary, such as LCDGT or MeSH, recording the source in subfield $2.  For consistency, capitalize the first term in each subfield $a.  When terms do not come from a controlled vocabulary, use a singular form.  Prefer use of terms over the ISO 5218 codes.


In choosing between repeating a field vs. repeating a subfield:  If the only addition to an existing field is an additional term from the same vocabulary, repeat the affected subfield.  If the vocabulary source differs, or if another associated element differs (such as a range of dates), repeat the field.  Overall best practice:  repeat the field when needed for clarity.

Subfield $2 - Source of term:

Codes from the Gender Code and Term Source Codes list may be recorded in subfield $2 for the 375 field.

Subfield $s - Start period and Subfield $t - End period:

Follow the LC/PCC practice for subfield $s and subfield $t provided in the 373 field (DCM Z1).

For more information on DCM Z1 Instructions, select:

DCM Z1:  Introduction