Medical practitioner—hours worked (in direct patient care), total NNN

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Data Element
Short name:Hours worked by medical practitioner in direct patient care
METeOR identifier:270137
Registration status:Health, Superseded 10/12/2009
Definition:The number of hours worked in a week by a medical practitioner on service provision to patients including direct contact with patients, providing care, instructions and counselling, and providing other related services such as writing referrals, prescriptions and phone calls.

Health labour force

Data Element Concept:Medical practitioner—hours worked

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Total
Data type:String
Maximum character length:3
Supplementary values:
999Not stated/inadequately described
Unit of measure:Hour (h)

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Total hours expressed as 000, 001 etc.

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:This metadata item relates to each position (job) held by a medical practitioner, not the aggregate of hours worked for all jobs.
Collection methods:There are inherent problems in asking for information on number of hours usually worked per week in direct patient care, for example, reaching a satisfactory definition and communicating this definition to the respondents in a self-administered survey. Whether hours worked in direct patient care are collected for main job only, or main job and one or more additional jobs, it is important that a total for all jobs is included.
Comments:It is often argued that health professionals contribute a considerable amount of time to voluntary professional work and that this component needs to be identified. This should be considered as an additional item, and kept segregated from data on paid hours worked.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:National Health Labour Force Data Working Group

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

Supersedes Hours worked by medical practitioner in direct patient care, version 2, DE, NHDD, NHIMG, Superseded 01/03/2005.pdf (15.7 KB)

Has been superseded by Registered health professional—hours worked in clinical role, total hours NNN Health, Standard 10/12/2009

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:

Health labour force NMDS Health, Superseded 10/12/2009

DSS specific attributes +