Involuntary patient days, 2018
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Indicator|
|Short name:||Involuntary patient days, 2018|
|Registration status:||Health, Candidate 10/04/2019|
The percentage of admitted patient specialised mental health care patient days that are involuntary.
|Indicator set:||Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan, 2018 Health, Candidate 09/08/2018|
Collection and usage attributes
Reference period for 2018 performance reporting: 2016–17.
Patient days are for all separations that ended within the reference period.
Mental health legal status is defined for this indicator as: ‘Whether a person is treated on an involuntary basis under the relevant state or territory mental health legislation’.
Involuntary patients are persons who are compulsorily treated in hospital or in the community under state and territory mental health legislation for the purpose of assessment or provision of appropriate treatment or care.
Only public hospitals are in scope for this indicator.
(Numerator ÷ Denominator) x 100
Number of psychiatric care days where patients have a mental health legal status of ‘Involuntary’.
|Numerator data elements:|
Total number of psychiatric care days for admitted patient mental health care services.
|Denominator data elements:|
Service variables: acute/non-acute units, and target population.
Consumer attributes: age, sex, and Indigenous status.
Disaggregated data excludes missing or not reported data.
|Disaggregation data elements:|
|Unit of measure:||Day|
Indicator conceptual framework
|Framework and dimensions:||Less avoidable harm|
Data source attributes
|Organisation responsible for providing data:|
State and territory health authorities.
|Other issues caveats:|
The use of involuntary treatment is governed by either legislation (a Mental Health Act or equivalent) or mandatory policy within each state and territory. The definitions used within the legislation and policies vary between jurisdictions including, but not limited to, forensic-related legislation that applies to admitted patient mental health services. These variations should be recognised in the interpretation of the indicator.
Source and reference attributes
Safety and Quality Partnership Standing Committee/Mental Health Information Strategy Standing Committee
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See also Involuntary hospital treatment, 2018 Health, Candidate 10/04/2019