Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Indicator|
|Indicator type:||Progress measure|
|Short name:||Median waiting time for elective surgery 2012-13|
|Description:||Median waiting time for elective surgery in public hospitals.|
|Indicator set:||National Health Performance Authority: Hospital performance: 2011-16|
National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016
Collection and usage attributes
|Computation description:||Median waiting time for elective surgery in public hospitals.|
n (number of observations) x p (percentile value divided by 100) = i (integer) + f (fractional part of n x p)
Median waiting times are rounded to the nearest 0.5 whole number of days.
Waiting times are calculated for patients whose reason for removal was:
The calculation of waiting time excludes:
For the purposes of reporting by urgency category, patients are reported as the final urgency category they were when treated.
|Numerator data elements:|
|Disaggregation:||Hospital, elective surgery urgency category, selected surgical specialties and indicator procedures|
|Disaggregation data elements:|
|Comments:||Calculation of median waiting time: The median waiting time is calculated using an empirical distribution function with averaging in SAS@4. Using this method observations are sorted in ascending order.|
|Unit of measure:||Time (e.g. days, hours)|
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
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