National Health Performance Authority, Hospital Performance: Percentage of patients who received their surgery within clinically recommended times, 2014
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Indicator|
|Indicator type:||Progress measure|
|Short name:||Patients who received their surgery within clinically recommended times, 2014|
The percentage of patients who received their surgery within the clinically recommended time.
Collection and usage attributes
The percentage of patients who received surgery within the clinically recommended time.
Waiting times are calculated for patients whose reason for removal was:
For the purposes of reporting, patients are reported as the final urgency category recorded when they were removed from the list.
The calculation of waiting time excludes:
Results are not shown if the number of surgeries is fewer than 10.
If one or more quarter is suppressed then the next smallest quarter will be suppressed; annual totals are reported including all suppressed values.
Annual data are sourced from National Elective Surgery Waiting Time Data Collection and quarterly data from National Elective Surgery Target Data Collection.
100 x (Numerator ÷ Denominator)
|Numerator:||Number of patients who received elective surgery within the clinically recommended time.|
|Numerator data elements:|
|Denominator:||Number of 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. Updated February 2014 based on information provided by email from DOH.
|Unit of measure:||Service contact|
Indicator conceptual framework
|Framework and dimensions:||PAF-Equity of access|
Data source attributes
|Reporting requirements:||National Health Performance Authority - Performance and Accountability Framework|
|Organisation responsible for providing data:||Australian Institute of Health 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
|Submitting organisation:||National Health Performance Authority|
|Reference documents:||National Health Performance Authority - Performance and Accountability Framework|
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Supersedes National Health Performance Authority, Hospital Performance: Patients who received their surgery within clinically recommended times 2012-13