National Healthcare Agreement: PI 21a–Waiting times for emergency hospital care: Proportion seen on time, 2016
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Indicator|
|Indicator type:||Progress measure|
|Short name:||PI 21a–Waiting times for emergency hospital care: Proportion seen on time, 2016|
Percentage of patients who are treated within national benchmarks for waiting times for each triage category in public hospital emergency departments.
|Indicator set:||National Healthcare Agreement (2016)|
Health, Superseded 31/01/2017
|Outcome area:||Hospital and Related Care|
National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016
Health, Standard 07/07/2010
|Quality statement:||National Healthcare Agreement: PI 21a-Waiting times for emergency department care: proportion seen on time, 2016 QS Health, Superseded 31/01/2017|
Collection and usage attributes
See Non-admitted patient emergency department service episode—episode end status, code N for description of each triage category.
The numerator and denominator include records with a Type of visit of Emergency presentation.
Records are excluded from both the numerator and denominator if the episode end status is either Did not wait to be attended by a health professional, or Dead on arrival, emergency department clinician certified the death of the patient, or if the waiting time to service is invalid.
The scope for calculation of this indicator is all hospitals reporting to the Non-admitted patient emergency department care (NAPEDC) National Minimum Data Set (NMDS) 2014–15.
Analysis by state and territory is based on location of service.
Analysis by remoteness and Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) Index of Relative Socio-economic Disadvantage (IRSD) is based on usual residence of person.
Presented as a percentage.
100 x (Numerator ÷ Denominator)
Calculated overall and separately for each triage category.
Number of presentations to public hospital emergency departments that were treated within benchmarks for each triage category:
|Numerator data elements:|
Total presentations to public hospital emergency departments
|Denominator data elements:|
2013–14 (revised for new scope) and 2014–15—Nationally, by Triage category, by 2011 SEIFA IRSD deciles (not reported).
2013–14 (revised for new scope) and 2014–15—State and territory, by Triage category by:
Disaggregation by peer group uses the peer group classification as described in Admitted patient care 2013–14: Australian hospital statistics.
Some disaggregation may result in numbers too small for publication.
|Disaggregation data elements:|
Most recent data available for 2016 National Healthcare Agreement performance reporting: 2014–15.
For 2013–14 and 2014–15 data, the 2011 SEIFA IRSD quintile and decile data will be produced using the Australian Statistical unit of Statistical Area Level 2.
Note that previously the scope for the calculation of this indicator was limited to public hospitals in Peer Groups A and B, using the peer group classification method as reported in Australian hospital statistics 2010–11, with the addition of emergency department activity at the Mersey Community Hospital.
|Unit of measure:||Person|
Indicator conceptual framework
|Framework and dimensions:||Accessibility|
Data source attributes
National non-admitted patient emergency department care database
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
National Healthcare Agreement
|Organisation responsible for providing data:|
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
|Further data development / collection required:|
Specification: Final, the measure meets the intention of the indicator.
Source and reference attributes
|Related metadata references:|
See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 12–Waiting times for GPs, 2016
See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 19–Selected potentially avoidable GP-type presentations to emergency departments, 2016
Supersedes National Healthcare Agreement: PI 21a-Waiting times for emergency hospital care: Proportion seen on time, 2015
Has been superseded by National Healthcare Agreement: PI 21a–Waiting times for emergency hospital care: Proportion seen on time, 2017
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