National Healthcare Agreement: P35-Waiting times for emergency department care, 2010
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Indicator|
|Short name:||Waiting times for emergency department care, 2010|
|Registration status:||Health, Superseded 08/06/2011|
|Description:||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|Indicator set:||National Healthcare Agreement (2010) Health, Superseded 08/06/2011|
|Outcome area:||Hospital and Related Care Health, Standard 07/07/2010|
National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016
|Quality statement:||National Healthcare Agreement: P35-Waiting times for emergency department care, 2010 QS Health, Superseded 08/06/2011|
Collection and usage attributes
|Computation description:||The numerator and denominator include records with a Type of visit of 'Emergency presentation' or 'Not reported'.
Records are excluded from both the numerator and denominator if the Episode end status is either 'Did not wait' or 'Dead on arrival', or if the Waiting time to service is invalid.See the Australasian Triage Scale for descriptions of each triage category, including indicative clinical descriptors.
100 x (Numerator ÷ Denominator)Calculated overall and separately for each triage category.
|Numerator:||Presentations to public hospital emergency departments that were treated within benchmarks for each triage category:
|Numerator data elements:|
|Denominator:||Total presentations to public hospital emergency departments|
|Denominator data elements:|
|Disaggregation data elements:|
|Comments:||Specified disaggregation: Nationally and by state/territory (of hospital location): by Indigenous status, triage category, public hospital peer group
Available disaggregation: Nationally and by state/territory (of hospital location): by Indigenous status, remoteness area, SEIFA of residence, triage category, public hospital peer group
Data for 2008-09 will be available in June 2010.Most recent data available for 2010 CRC baseline report: 2007-08
|Unit of measure:||Person|
Indicator conceptual framework
|Framework and dimensions:||Accessibility|
Data source attributes
|Reporting requirements:||National Healthcare Agreement|
|Organisation responsible for providing data:||Australian Institute of Health and Welfare|
|Benchmark:||Related National Partnership Agreement benchmark/target:
By 2012–13, 80 per cent of ED presentations are seen within clinically recommended triage times as recommended by the Australian College of Emergency Medicine.
|Further data development / collection required:||Specification: Interim
Deficiencies have been noted in the current definitions of key data items used to calculate waiting times, i.e. triage date/time, date and time patient presents, date/time treatment commences. NHISSC will oversee work to refine these definitions to ensure greater consistency of collection.
Work is also required on scope and required disaggregations of data from the National Non-admitted Patient Emergency Department Care database.Work is required to improve the identification of Indigenous Australians within this data.
|Other issues caveats:||Disaggregation by peer group should be limited to Peer groups A and B, as this is the scope of the collection, and coverage varies for other hospitals by state and territory.
Disaggregation by Indigenous status will be considered pending confirmation of adequate data quality. Disaggregation based on data for those jurisdictions for which the quality of Indigenous status is considered acceptable.
Some disaggregations could result in numbers too small for publication.Coverage of the data collection was about 78% of all ED presentations to public hospitals in 2007–08. These data are available for hospitals in Peer Groups A and B, and smaller hospitals in remote areas are less likely to provide these data. This means that data by remoteness area and Indigenous status should be interpreted with caution.
|Related metadata references:|
See also National Healthcare Agreement: P14-Waiting times for GP's, 2010 Health, Superseded 08/06/2011
See also National Healthcare Agreement: P23-Selected potentially avoidable GP-type presentations to emergency departments, 2010 Health, Superseded 08/06/2011
See also National Healthcare Agreement: P24-GP-type services, 2010 Health, Superseded 08/06/2011
See also National Healthcare Agreement: P36-Waiting time for admission following emergency department care, 2010 Health, Superseded 08/06/2011
See also National Healthcare Agreement: P46-Rates of services: Outpatient occasions of service, 2010 Health, Superseded 08/06/2011
Has been superseded by National Healthcare Agreement: PI 35-Waiting times for emergency department care, 2011 Health, Superseded 31/10/2011