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National Healthcare Agreement: PI 20a-Waiting times for elective surgery: waiting times in days, 2014

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termIndicator
Indicator type:Help on this termProgress measure
Short name:Help on this termPI 20a-Waiting times for elective surgery: waiting times in days, 2014
METeOR identifier:Help on this term517644
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Superseded 14/01/2015
Description:Help on this termMedian and 90th percentile waiting times for elective surgery in public hospitals, including by indicator procedure.
Indicator set:Help on this termNational Healthcare Agreement (2014) Health, Superseded 14/01/2015
Outcome area:Help on this termHospital and Related Care Health, Standard 07/07/2010
National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016
Quality statement:Help on this termNational Healthcare Agreement: PI 20a-Waiting times for elective surgery: waiting time in days, 2014 QS Health, Superseded 14/01/2015

Collection and usage attributes

Computation description:Help on this term

Elective surgery as defined in the National Elective Surgery Waiting Times Data Collection.

Indicator procedure as defined in Elective surgery waiting list episode—indicator procedure, code NN.

Waiting time as defined in Elective surgery waiting list episode—waiting time (at removal), total days N[NNN]. Calculated by jurisdictions by subtracting the listing date for care from the removal date, minus any days the patient was waiting with a less urgent clinical urgency category than their clinical urgency category at removal, and excluding days where the patient was not ready for care.

Waiting times are calculated for patients whose reason for removal was:

  1. Admitted as an elective patient for awaited procedure by or on behalf of this hospital or the state/territory.
  2. Admitted as emergency patient for awaited procedure by or on behalf of this hospital or the state/territory. 

Analysis by state and territory based on location of service.

Analysis by remoteness and Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) Index of Relative Socioeconomic Disadvantage (IRSD) is based on usual residence of person.

Presented as number of days.

Computation:Help on this term

Number of days waited at 50th and 90th percentile.

Calculated overall and for each indicator procedure.

Numerator data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetEstablishment—Australian state/territory identifier, code N
Data Source
National Hospital Morbidity Database (NHMD)
NMDS / DSS
Admitted patient care NMDS 2011-12
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Data Element / Data SetPerson—person identifier, XXXXXX[X(14)]
Data Source
National Hospital Morbidity Database (NHMD)
NMDS / DSS
Admitted patient care NMDS 2011-12
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Data Element / Data SetEstablishment—organisation identifier (Australian), NNX[X]NNNNN
Data Source
National Elective Surgery Waiting Times Data Collection
NMDS / DSS
Elective surgery waiting times (removals data) NMDS 2009-12
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Data Element / Data SetElective surgery waiting list episode—waiting time (at removal), total days N[NNN]
Data Source
National Elective Surgery Waiting Times Data Collection
NMDS / DSS
Elective surgery waiting times (removals data) NMDS 2009-12
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Data Element / Data SetElective surgery waiting list episode—reason for removal from a waiting list, code N
Data Source
National Elective Surgery Waiting Times Data Collection
NMDS / DSS
Elective surgery waiting times (removals data) NMDS 2009-12
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Data Element / Data SetPerson—person identifier, XXXXXX[X(14)]
Data Source
National Elective Surgery Waiting Times Data Collection
NMDS / DSS
Elective surgery waiting times (removals data) NMDS 2009-12
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Denominator:Help on this termNot applicable
Disaggregation:Help on this term

2012–13—State and territory, by indicator procedure (and total) by:

  • peer group
  • Indigenous status

    2011–12 (revised for peer groups and linkage to the National Hospital Morbidity Database (NHMD))—State and territory, by indicator procedure (and total):

    • peer group (unlinked data)
    • Indigenous status (linked or unlinked data, depending on data availability and quality)

    2011–12 (revised for peer groups and linkage to the NHMD)—State and territory, by:

    • remoteness (Australian Standard geographical Classification (ASGC) Remoteness Structure) (linked data)
    • 2011 Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) Index of Relative Socioeconomic Disadvantage (IRSD) quintiles (linked data)

    2011–12 (revised for peer groups and linkage to the NHMD)—Nationally, by:

    • 2011 SEIFA IRSD deciles (linked data)
    • selected indicator procedures (cataract extraction, cholecystectomy, coronary artery bypass graft, cystoscopy) by 2011 SEIFA IRSD quintiles (linked data)
    • indicator procedure, by peer group, by Indigenous status, by remoteness (ASGC Remoteness Structure)(linked data)

    Some disaggregations may result in numbers too small for publication.

    Disaggregation data elements:Help on this term
    Data Element / Data SetEstablishment—organisation identifier (state/territory), NNNNN
    Data Source
    National Hospital Morbidity Database (NHMD)
    NMDS / DSS
    Admitted patient care NMDS 2011-12
    Guide for use
    Data source type: Administrative by-product data
    Used for disaggregation by state/territory
    Data Element / Data SetElective surgery waiting list episode—indicator procedure, code NN
    Data Source
    National Elective Surgery Waiting Times Data Collection
    NMDS / DSS
    Elective surgery waiting times (removals data) NMDS 2009-12
    Guide for use
    Data source type: Administrative by-product data
    Data Element / Data SetData Element
    Public hospital peer group
    Guide for use
    Data source type: Administrative by-product data
    Data Element / Data SetPerson—area of usual residence, geographical location code (ASGC 2011) NNNNN
    Data Source
    National Hospital Morbidity Database (NHMD)
    NMDS / DSS
    Admitted patient care NMDS 2011-12
    Guide for use
    Data source type: Administrative by-product data
    Used for disaggregation by remoteness and SEIFA IRSD
    Data Element / Data SetPerson—Indigenous status, code N
    Data Source
    National Hospital Morbidity Database (NHMD)
    NMDS / DSS
    Admitted patient care NMDS 2011-12
    Guide for use
    Data source type: Administrative by-product data
    Comments:Help on this term

    Most recent data available for 2013 Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Reform Council (CRC) report: 2011–12.

    Indicator procedures are a subset of all procedures, e.g. in 2007–08, approximately 65% of removals did not fall into one of the defined indicator procedures.

    For 2011-12 data, the 2011 SEIFA IRSD quintile and decile data will be produced using the Australian Standard Geography Classification geographical unit of Statistical Local Area.  In future years, these data will be produced using the Australian Statistical Geography Standard geographical unit of Statistical Area 2.

    The scope of the National Elective Surgery Waiting Times Data Collection is patients removed from waiting lists for elective surgery which are managed by public acute hospitals.

    Representational attributes

    Representation class:Help on this termMedian
    Data type:Help on this termReal
    Unit of measure:Help on this termTime (e.g. days, hours)
    Format:Help on this termN[NN]

    Indicator conceptual framework

    Framework and dimensions:Help on this termAccessibility

    Data source attributes

    Data sources:Help on this term
    Data SourceNational Hospital Morbidity Database (NHMD)
    Frequency
    Annual
    Data custodian

    Australian Institute of Health and Welfare



    Data SourceNational Elective Surgery Waiting Times Data Collection
    Frequency
    Annual
    Data custodian

    Australian Institute of Health and Welfare


    Accountability attributes

    Reporting requirements:Help on this termNational Healthcare Agreement
    Organisation responsible for providing data:Help on this termAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare
    Further data development / collection required:Help on this termSpecification: Final, the measure meets the intention of the indicator.

    Relational attributes

    Related metadata references:Help on this term

    Supersedes National Healthcare Agreement: PI 20a-Waiting times for elective surgery: waiting times in days, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014

    Has been superseded by National Healthcare Agreement: PI 20a-Waiting times for elective surgery: waiting times in days, 2015 Health, Superseded 08/07/2016

    See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 20b-Waiting times for elective surgery: proportion seen on time, 2014 Health, Superseded 14/01/2015

    See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 32-Patient satisfaction/experience, 2014 Health, Superseded 14/01/2015

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