Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Indicator|
|Indicator type:||Progress measure|
|Short name:||Patients who received their surgery within clinically recommended times 2011-12|
The percentage of patients who received their elective surgery within the clinically recommended time.
|Indicator set:||National Health Performance Authority: Hospital performance: 2011-16|
National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016
Collection and usage attributes
The percentage of patients who received elective surgery within the clinically recommended time.
100 x (Numerator ÷ Denominator)
Waiting times are calculated for patients whose reason for removal was:
The calculation of waiting time excludes:
For the purposes of reporting, patients are reported as the final urgency category they were when treated.
|Numerator:||Number of patients who received elective surgery within the clinically recommended time.|
|Numerator data elements:|
|Denominator:||Number of patients who received elective surgery.|
|Denominator data elements:|
Hospital and elective surgery urgency category
|Disaggregation data elements:|
The National Elective Surgery Target commenced in January 2012 with the requirement that 100% of all patients in all urgency categories will receive their surgery within clinically recommended times by 2015 for NSW, VIC, QLD, WA, and SA and by 2016 for TAS, ACT and NT. Each state and territory has a different starting point for each urgency category and, accordingly, a different target for each category for December of each year leading up to 2015 (or 2016). These targets are shown in the Table below.
Source: COAG Reform Council. February 2013. Matrix of performance information: National Partnership on Improving Public Hospital Services.
|Unit of measure:||Person|
Indicator conceptual framework
|Framework and dimensions:||PAF-Effectiveness of access|
PAF-Equity of access
Data source attributes
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
|Other issues caveats:|
Waiting time is calculated by states and territories by subtracting the listing date for care from the removal date, minus any days the patient was not ready for care and/or waiting with a less urgent clinical urgency category than their clinical urgency category at removal.
There are inconsistencies in application of urgency categories between and within states and territories which impact on the comparability of results.
Source and reference attributes
|Related metadata references:|
See also Elective surgery waiting list episode—indicator procedure, code NN
See also Elective surgery waiting list episode—waiting time (at removal), total days N[NNN]