Elective surgery waiting times (census data) DSS 1 January 2012-30 June 2012
Data Set Specification Attributes
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Data Set Specification|
Health, Retired 13/12/2011
|DSS type:||Data Set Specification (DSS)|
The scope of this data set specification (DSS) is patients on waiting lists for elective surgery (as defined in the 'Elective care waiting list episode—elective care type, code N' data element, also referred to by the short name 'Waiting list category') which are managed by public acute hospitals. 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 either this data set specification or the related 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.
Data are collected for patients on elective surgery waiting lists who are yet to be admitted to hospital or removed for another reason. The scope is patients on elective surgery waiting lists on a census date who are 'ready for care' as defined in the 'Elective surgery waiting list episode—patient listing status, readiness for care code N' data element.
Collection and usage attributes
|Statistical unit:||Patients on waiting lists on census dates.|
The data element 'Elective care waiting list episode—category reassignment date, DDMMYYYY' is not required for reporting to the DSS, but is necessary for the derivation of the data element 'Elective surgery waiting list episode—waiting time (at a census date), total days N[NNN]'.
The data element 'Elective care waiting list episode—elective care type, code N' is not required for reporting to the DSS, but is necessary for determining whether patients are in scope for the DSS.
These data elements should be collected at the local level and reported to state and territory health authorities as required.
National reporting arrangements
State and territory health authorities provide the data to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare for national collation, on an annual basis.
For the reference year 2011-12, data provided to the National elective surgery waiting times data collection will be in accordance with the Elective surgery waiting times (census data) NMDS 2009-2012, for data collected 1 July 2011 to 31 December 2011, and in accordance with the Elective surgery waiting times (census data) DSS 1 January 2012-30 June 2012, for data collected 1 January 2012 to 30 June 2012.
Periods for which data are collected and nationally collated
Census dates are 30 September, 31 December, 31 March and 30 June.
|Implementation start date:||31/03/2012|
|Implementation end date:||30/06/2012|
There are two different types of data collected for this data set specification (census data and removals data) and the scope and list of data elements associated with each is different.
For the purposes of this DSS, public hospitals include hospitals which are set up to provide services for public patients (as public hospitals do), but which are managed privately.
The inclusion of public patients removed from elective surgery waiting lists managed by private hospitals will be investigated in the future.
Source and reference attributes
National Health Information Management Group
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See also Elective surgery waiting times (census data) NMDS 2009-12
Health, Superseded 13/12/2011
See also Elective surgery waiting times (census data) NMDS 2012-13
Health, Superseded 02/05/2013