Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Indicator|
|Indicator type:||Progress measure|
|Short name:||PI 20a–Waiting times for elective surgery: waiting times in days, 2017|
|Registration status:||Health, Superseded 30/01/2018|
Median and 90th percentile waiting times for elective surgery in public hospitals, including by indicator procedure.
|Indicator set:||National Healthcare Agreement (2017) Health, Superseded 30/01/2018|
|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: PI 20a-Waiting times for elective surgery: waiting time in days, 2017 QS Health, Standard 31/01/2017|
Collection and usage attributes
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 Waiting time at removal from elective surgery waiting list. 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:
Analysis by state and territory based on location of service.
Analysis by remoteness and Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) Index of Relative Socio-economic Disadvantage (IRSD) is based on usual residence of person.
Presented as number of days.
Number of days waited at 50th and 90th percentile.
Calculated overall and for each indicator procedure.
|Numerator data elements:|
2014–15 (revised following jurisdiction provision of elective surgery waiting times cluster data to the National Hospital Morbidity Database (NHMD)), 2015–16—State and territory, by indicator procedure (and total), by:
2014–15 (revised following jurisdiction provision of elective surgery waiting times cluster data to the NHMD)—State and territory, by:
2014–15 (revised following jurisdiction provision of elective surgery waiting times cluster data to the NHMD)—Nationally, by (all not reported):
Some disaggregations may result in numbers too small for publication.
Disaggregation by peer group uses the peer group classification as described in Admitted patient care 2013–14: Australian hospital statistics.
|Disaggregation data elements:|
Most recent data available for 2017 National Healthcare Agreement performance reporting: 2015–16.
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 2014–15 data, the 2011 SEIFA IRSD quintile and decile data will be produced using the Australian Statistical Geography Standard geographical unit of Statistical Area Level 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.
Note that for the 2015 and previous reports, disaggregations by public hospital peer group for this indicator were calculated using the peer group classification method as reported in Australian hospital statistics 2010–11.
|Unit of measure:||Time (e.g. days, hours)|
Indicator conceptual framework
|Framework and dimensions:||Accessibility|
Data source attributes
National Healthcare Agreement
|Organisation responsible for providing data:|
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
|Further data development / collection required:|
Specification: Final, the measure meets the intention of the indicator.
|Related metadata references:|
Supersedes National Healthcare Agreement: PI 20a–Waiting times for elective surgery: waiting times in days, 2016 Health, Superseded 31/01/2017
Has been superseded by National Healthcare Agreement: PI 20a–Waiting times for elective surgery: waiting times in days, 2018 Health, Superseded 19/06/2019
See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 20b–Waiting times for elective surgery: proportion seen on time, 2017 Health, Superseded 30/01/2018
See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 32–Patient satisfaction/experience, 2017 Health, Superseded 30/01/2018