National Bowel Cancer Screening Program: PI 04-Time between positive screen and diagnostic assessment
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Indicator|
|Short name:||National Bowel Cancer Screening Program interval between positive screen and diagnostic assessment|
|Synonymous names:||NBCSP interval between positive screen and diagnostic assessment|
For those who received a positive National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) screening test (warranting further assessment) in a defined 12-month period, the time interval between the positive screening test and a follow-up diagnostic assessment, measured as median, 90th percentile, and participant diagnostic assessments within certain time cut offs, measured 12 months after the defined period.
Waiting for a definitive diagnosis following a positive screen can create anxiety.
There are various steps, participant decisions, and wait times in the pathway between a positive screen and a diagnostic assessment. Therefore, this indicator should not be considered a hospital wait time indicator. However, after a positive screen further diagnostic evaluation should occur in a timely fashion as there is a defined risk of colorectal cancer in those with a positive screening test—and any harms (such as anxiety) from a positive screen should be minimised.
|Indicator set:||National Bowel Cancer Screening Program performance indicators 2014–2018|
Health, Superseded 06/09/2018
Collection and usage attributes
For all people who underwent a diagnostic assessment after a positive screen in a 12-month period (as measured 12 months after the period to be reported):
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Items will be presented by sex and age group, by:
Some disaggregation may result in numbers too small for publication.
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|Unit of measure:||Time (e.g. days, hours)|
Data source attributes
6-monthly (register snapshot)
Medicare Australia (Medicare Australia merged with the Department of Human Services in 2011)
Source and reference attributes
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
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Has been superseded by National Bowel Cancer Screening Program: PI 04-Time between positive screen and diagnostic assessment
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