National Health Performance Authority, Hospital Performance: Median waiting time for elective surgery, 2015
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Indicator|
|Indicator type:||Progress measure|
|Short name:||Median waiting time for elective surgery 2015|
|Description:||Median waiting time for elective surgery in public hospitals.|
Collection and usage attributes
Median waiting times are rounded to the nearest whole day.
Waiting times are calculated for patients whose reason for removal was:
For the purposes of reporting by urgency category, patients are reported as the final urgency category they were when treated.
The calculation of waiting time excludes:
Results are not shown if the number of surgeries is fewer than 10.
For annual counts, where data from one or more urgency categories or quarters are suppressed, the annual total is reported less the suppressed value. In addition, if an urgency category is suppressed, it is removed from the relevant quarterly total.
For clinical urgency categories annual data are sourced from National Elective Surgery Waiting Time Data Collection and quarterly data from National Elective Surgery Target Data.
For surgical specialty and indicator procedures annual data are sourced from National Elective Surgery Waiting Time Data Collection.
n (number of observations) x p (percentile value divided by 100) = i (integer) + f (fractional part of n x p)
|Numerator data elements:|
|Disaggregation:||Hospital, elective surgery urgency category, selected surgical specialties and indicator procedures|
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|Comments:||Calculation of median waiting time: The median waiting time is calculated using an empirical distribution function with averaging in SAS@ (Statistical Analysis Software). Using this method observations are sorted in ascending order.|
|Unit of measure:||Time (e.g. days, hours)|
Indicator conceptual framework
|Framework and dimensions:||PAF-Equity of access|
PAF-Effectiveness of access
Data source attributes
|Reporting requirements:||National Health Performance Authority - Performance and Accountability Framework|
|Organisation responsible for providing data:||National Health Performance Authority|
|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|
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