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The number of hours during a specified period that a service type outlet is open to provide services.


Data Element (this item)


This representation is based on the value domain for this data element, more information is available at " Total service operation hours NN ".
Data Type Number
Format NN
Maximum character length 2
Value Meaning Start Date End Date
Supplementary Values 90 No regular pattern of operation through a day
99 Not stated/inadequately described


Guide for use:

The actual number of hours is not the number of hours staffed; for example, a 'group home' would operate 24 hours a day, but might only be staffed a few hours if at all on some days.

Services that have no regular daily pattern of operation, or which have different weekday and weekend patterns, should record 'no regular pattern of operation through a day' (for example, flexible hours, on call, 24-hour sleepover).


When collected in conjunction with service operation days, and service operation weeks, this metadata item can provide useful information on patterns of service delivery.


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Relation Count
Use within a Question 0
As a numerator in an Indicator 0
As a denominator in an Indicator 0
As a disaggregation in an Indicator 0