Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Data Set Specification|
|DSS type:||Data Element Cluster|
The scope of the Elective surgery waiting times data element cluster is patients on elective surgery waiting lists managed by public acute hospitals, in either category 1 or 2 of the 'Reason for removals from elective surgery waiting list' data element.
This will include private patients treated in public hospitals, and may include public patients treated in private hospitals.
Hospitals may also collect information for other care (as defined in the 'Waiting list category' data element), but this is not part of the national minimum data set (NMDS) for Elective surgery waiting times.
Patients on waiting lists managed by hospitals operated by the Australian Defence Force, corrections authorities and Australia's external territories are not currently included.
Collection and usage attributes
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Outsourced or contracted patients
Public hospitals managing elective surgery waiting lists may either outsource elective surgery work to another hospital (public or private) or contract another hospital (public or private) to provide elective surgery on their behalf.
In such cases, the hospital where the outsourced or contracted elective surgery occurs is required to include the 'Establishment—organisation identifier (Australian), NNX[X]NNNNN' data element for the hospital managing the elective surgery waiting list as part of the Elective surgery waiting times data cluster.
Source and reference attributes
|Submitting organisation:||Australian Institute of Health and Welfare|
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