Radiotherapy waiting times DSS 2012-13
Data Set Specification Attributes
Identifying and definitional attributes
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|Data Set Specification
Health, Superseded 13/11/2013
|Data Set Specification (DSS)
The main purpose of the Radiotherapy waiting times data set specification (RWT DSS) is to describe the information that must be collected to calculate the waiting times for two time periods in the treatment pathway for radiotherapy services in Australia:
Establishments in scope are only those healthcare establishments that provide megavoltage external beam radiotherapy treatment (in-scope radiotherapy treatment). Both public and private establishments are in scope. It is desirable for both public establishments and private establishments to report data to the DDS.
The scope is not limited by diagnosis: it includes people with cancer (notifiable and non-notifiable) and people who do not have cancer.
People in scope are those who, within the reference period:
For public establishments, all in-scope activity should be reported, including services provided by specialists operating under right of private practice arrangements.
Collection and usage attributes
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The table below defines some key concepts used in the Radiotherapy waiting times DSS. It is assumed that data submitted to the Radiotherapy waiting times DSS adhere to these definitions. These definitions do not necessarily apply to other data sets.
The statistical unit will be calculated by the AIHW for time periods 1 and 2 (see Scope above) using the following data elements:
For waiting period 1, AIHW will calculate the time in days between 'Health service event—service request received date, DDMMYYYY' and 'Health service event—first service contact date, DDMMYYYY'.
For waiting period 2, AIHW will calculate the time in days between 'Patient—ready-for-care date, DDMMYYYY' and 'Patient—radiotherapy start date, DDMMYYYY'.
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Source and reference attributes
NHISSC Radiotherapy Waiting Times Working Group
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