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Definition

Number of hospital outpatient occasions of service per 1,000 population.

Indicator Summary

Numerator
Number of outpatient occasions of service in hospitals
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Denominator
Total population
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Computation
Limited to public hospitals only.

Crude rates of service (age of patient is not available).

Occasions of service for diagnostic imaging, pathology and pharmacy excluded as different counting methods apply to these categories, and methods vary by state and territory.

Outpatient: A patient who does not undergo a hospital's formal admission process, excluding patients receiving services through emergency departments, …

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Computation Rule
Description
Limited to public hospitals only.

Crude rates of service (age of patient is not available).

Occasions of service for diagnostic imaging, pathology and pharmacy excluded as different counting methods apply to these categories, and methods vary by state and territory.

Outpatient: A patient who does not undergo a hospital's formal admission process, excluding patients receiving services through emergency departments, community health settings, and other outreach.

Outpatient occasion of service: An interaction between one or more health care professionals with one or more non-admitted patients, for assessment, consultation and/or treatment intended to be unbroken in time. A service event means that a dated entry is made in the patient/client's medical record.

Presented per 1,000 population.
Numerators
Number of outpatient occasions of service in hospitals
Denominators
Total population

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