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Definition

Median and 90th percentile waiting times for elective surgery in public hospitals, including by indicator procedure

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Computation
Waiting times are calculated for patients whose reason for removal was Admitted as an elective patient.

Includes the proportion of removals for elective admission that waited more than 365 days.

Elective surgery as defined in the National Minimum Data Set (NMDS) for elective surgery waiting times.

See Australian Hospital Statistics 2007-08 for a list of indicator procedures.

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Calculation rules

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Description
Waiting times are calculated for patients whose reason for removal was Admitted as an elective patient.

Includes the proportion of removals for elective admission that waited more than 365 days.

Elective surgery as defined in the National Minimum Data Set (NMDS) for elective surgery waiting times.

See Australian Hospital Statistics 2007-08 for a list of indicator procedures.

The data presented for this indicator are sourced from linked records in the National Hospital Morbidity Database (NHMD) and National Elective Surgery Waiting Times Data Collection (NESWTDC). The linked records represent about 97% of all records in NESWTDC for 2007-08.

Presented as number of days; median and 90th percentile waiting times.
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References

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2009. Australian hospital statistics 2007–08. Health services series no. 33. Cat. no. HSE 71. Canberra: AIHW. http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/10776
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2008. Elective surgery in Australia: new measures of access. Cat. no. HSE 57. Canberra: AIHW. http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/10596
This content Based on Australian Institute of Health and Welfare material. Attribution provided as required under the AIHW CC-BY licence.

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