Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Indicator|
|Short name:||Median waiting time for surgery for malignant cancer, 2012-13|
|Registration status:||National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016|
|Description:||Median waiting time for people who had urgent or semi-urgent surgery for malignant bowel, breast or lung cancer and who were on an elective surgery waiting list for that surgery.|
|Indicator set:||National Health Performance Authority: Hospital performance: 2011-16 National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016|
Collection and usage attributes
|Computation description:||Median waiting time for people who had urgent or semi-urgent surgery for malignant bowel, breast or lung cancer and who were on an elective surgery waiting list for that surgery.|
Calculation of median waiting time: The median waiting time is calculated using an empirical distribution function with averaging in SAS@4.
n (number of observations) x p (percentile value divided by 100) = i (integer) + f (fractional part of n x p)
For example, if there were 100 hospital separations, the median will correspond to the average time for the 50th and 51st observations. If there were 101 observations, the median will correspond to the time for the 51st observation.
Median waiting times are calculated using hospital separations with:
Calculations exclude people who were on an elective surgery waiting list but were transferred to another hospital's elective surgery waiting list, were treated elsewhere but not on behalf of the hospital, were not contactable, died prior to receiving their surgery or declined surgery.
|Numerator data elements:|
|Disaggregation:||Hospital and cancer type (principal diagnosis)|
|Disaggregation data elements:|
Median waiting times are reported for hospitals with 10 or more separations in the cohort.
Values are rounded down to the nearest whole number.
The waiting times are those experienced by people who have received their surgery and are not the waiting times for those patients who are waiting for surgery.
For this indicator malignant refers to those cancers that have the ability to progress to more serious disease and spread to surrounding tissue or other organs, if left untreated.
|Unit of measure:||Time (e.g. days, hours)|
Indicator conceptual framework
|Framework and dimensions:||PAF-Effectiveness of access|
Data source attributes
|Other issues caveats:|
Waiting times are 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 any not ready for care days that occurred while the patient was listed with the 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|
|Related metadata references:|
Supersedes National Health Performance Authority, Hospital Performance: Median waiting time for surgery for malignant cancer, 2011-12 National Health Performance Authority (retired), Superseded 02/10/2014