Palliative Care and End-of-Life Care: PI 02-Average length of palliative care inpatient stay, 2021
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Indicator|
|Short name:||PI 02-Average length of palliative care inpatient stay, 2021|
The average (mean) length of stay of overnight separations of palliative care patients in hospital, measured in days.
The National Palliative Care Strategy highlights the importance of people affected by life-limiting illnesses receiving care that matches their needs and preferences (DoH 2019). In Australia, it is common for people to receive palliative and end-of-life care in hospital settings, and length of stay tends to be 3-4 times longer for palliative care than for other hospitalisations (AIHW, 2021). Given the complex nature of palliative care and symptoms treated during palliative care, length of inpatient stay needs to be long enough to provide care and support to patients and their families.
|Indicator set:||Palliative Care and End-of-Life Care Key Performance Indicators 2021|
Health, Qualified 21/10/2021
Collection and usage attributes
State/territory hospitals in scope for reporting defined by the Admitted patient care NMDS 2018-19.
All hospitals reporting to the Admitted patient care NMDS 2018-19 are in scope for this indicator, including all public and private acute and psychiatric hospitals, free standing day hospital facilities, alcohol and drug treatment centres and hospitals specialising in dental, ophthalmic aids and other specialised acute medical or surgical care. Hospitals operated by the Australian Defence Force, correctional authorities and in Australia's off-shore territories may also be included.
Numerator ÷ Denominator
Number of overnight care days for palliative care patients admitted with a 'palliative care' Care Type for hospitals in scope within the reference period
|Numerator data elements:|
Number of separations with a Care Type of 'palliative care' from hospitals occurring within the reference period
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Disaggregation is by:
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Reference period for 2021 reporting: 2018-19.
Private sector data is not available for all states and territories.
|Representation class:||Mean (average)|
|Data type:||Time period|
|Unit of measure:||Time (e.g. days, hours)|
Indicator conceptual framework
|Framework and dimensions:||6. Efficiency & Sustainability|
Data source attributes
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Source and reference attributes
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare on behalf of the Palliative Care and End-of-Life Care Data Development Working Group
AIHW (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare) 2021. Palliative Care Services in Australia. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 20 July 2021, https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/palliative-care-services/palliative-care-services-in-australia/contents/summary
DoH (Department of Health) 2019. National Palliative Care Strategy 2018. Canberra: DoH. Viewed 20 July 2021, https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/the-national-palliative-care-strategy-2018.
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