Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Indicator|
|Short name:||MHS PI 04: Average length of acute inpatient stay, 2015–|
|Registration status:||Health, Standard 19/11/2015|
Average length of stay of in-scope overnight separations from acute psychiatric inpatient units managed by the mental health service organisation.
NOTE: This indicator is related to MHS PI 04J: Average length of acute inpatient stay (Jurisdictional level version). There are technical differences in the calculation methodologies between the Service level version and the Jurisdictional level version of this indicator due to different available data sources to construct this indicator. Caution should be taken to ensure the correct methodology is followed.
Length of stay is a key driver of variation in admitted patient day costs and reflects differences between mental health service organisations in practice and casemix, or both. The aim of this indicator is to better understand the factors underlying variation (such as costs) as well as providing a basis for utilisation review. For example, it allows for the assessment of services provided to particular consumer groups against clinical protocols developed for those groups.
|Indicator set:||Key Performance Indicators for Australian Public Mental Health Services (Service level version) (2015–) Health, Superseded 16/02/2021|
Collection and usage attributes
All public mental health service organisations acute psychiatric inpatient units.
The following separation and associated patient days are excluded:
For jurisdictional level reporting the following separation and associated patient days are excluded:
Numerator ÷ Denominator
Number of patient days in the mental health service organisation’s acute psychiatric inpatient unit(s) accounted for by in-scope overnight separations during the reference period.
Number of in-scope overnight separations from the mental health service organisation’s acute psychiatric inpatient unit(s) occurring within the reference period.
Service variables: Target population, disorder specific services.
Consumer attributes: Diagnosis, age, SEIFA, remoteness, Indigenous status, involuntary status.
|Representation class:||Mean (average)|
|Unit of measure:||Time (e.g. days, hours)|
Indicator conceptual framework
|Framework and dimensions:||Efficient|
Levels at which indicator can be useful for benchmarking:
Source and reference attributes
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare on behalf of the National Mental Health Performance Subcommittee
Key Performance Indicators for Australian Public Mental Health Services, Third edition (2014)
|Related metadata references:|
Has been superseded by KPIs for Australian Public Mental Health Services: PI 04 – Average length of acute mental health inpatient stay, 2018 (Service level) Health, Superseded 16/02/2021