Radiotherapy waiting times NMDS 2015-2018
Data Set Specification Attributes
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Data Set Specification|
|DSS type:||National Minimum Data Set (NMDS)|
The main purpose of the Radiotherapy waiting times national minimum data set (RWT NMDS) is to describe the information that must be collected to calculate the waiting times for the following time period in the treatment pathway for radiotherapy services in Australia:
Establishments in scope are only those healthcare establishments that provide megavoltage external beam radiotherapy treatment (in-scope radiotherapy treatment). Both public and private establishments are in scope. While it is mandatory for public establishments to report data to the national minimum data set (NMDS), private providers are also encouraged to participate.
The scope is not limited by diagnosis: it includes people with cancer (notifiable and non-notifiable) and people who do not have cancer.
People in scope are those who started a course of radiotherapy treatment within the reference period.
For public establishments, all in-scope activity should be reported, including services provided by specialists operating under right of private practice arrangements.
Collection and usage attributes
Courses of radiotherapy treatment started.
|Guide for use:|
The table below defines some key concepts used in the Radiotherapy waiting times NMDS. It is assumed that data submitted to the Radiotherapy waiting times NMDS adhere to these definitions. These definitions do not necessarily apply to other data sets.
The statistical unit will be calculated by the AIHW for time period (see Scope above) using the following data elements:
|Implementation start date:||01/07/2015|
|Implementation end date:||30/06/2018|
Glossary terms that are relevant to this National minimum data set are included here.
Source and reference attributes
NHISSC Radiotherapy Waiting Times Working Group
|Related metadata references:|
See also National Radiotherapy Waiting Times Database, 2015–16; Quality Statement
See also National Radiotherapy Waiting Times Database, 2016–17; Quality Statement
See also Person with cancer—clinical emergency indicator, code A
See also Person with cancer—intention of treatment, code AAA
See also Statistical Area Level 1 of usual residence National Best Endeavours Data Set 2016-17
See also Statistical Area Level 1 of usual residence National Best Endeavours Data Set 2017-18