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Identifying and Definitional Attributes
QH 040087 v1
Data Element
Data Element
A code which indicates the type of elective hospital care (elective surgery or other) a patient requires combined with a clinical assessment of the urgency with which the patient requires elective hospital care.

The urgency categories are assigned on the following basis:

Category 1 - admission within 30 days desirable for a condition that has the potential to deteriorate quickly to the point that it may become an emergency.

Category 2 - admission within 90 days desirable for a condition causing some pain, dysfunction or disability but which is not likely to deteriorate quickly or become an emergency.

Category 3 - admission at some time in the future acceptable for a condition causing minimal or no pain, dysfunction or disability, which is unlikely to deteriorate quickly and which does not have the potential to become an emergency.
Elective admission/Waiting list: categorisation of waiting list patients by clinical urgency assists hospital management and clinicians in the prioritisation of their workloads. It gives health consumers a reasonable estimate of the maximum time they should expect to wait for care.

Clinical urgency classification allows a meaningful measure of system performance to be calculated, namely the number or proportion of patients who wait for times in excess of the maximum desirable time limit for their urgency category.
Urgency category
Waiting list and urgency category (HBCIS)
Representational Attributes
Permissible Values


1Elective Surgery - Category 1
2Elective Surgery - Category 2
3Elective Surgery - Category 3
4Other - Category 1
5Other - Category 2
6Other - Category 3
Supplementary Values


Collection and Usage Attributes
Used as a classifying variable to classify counts of patients in the monthly census and throughput data. This item is collected at the first time the patient is placed on the waiting list and for any subsequent changes.

The value of this data item may change whilst the patient is listed on the waiting list. Between 1/7/97 and 30/6/98, QHAPDC received only the last recorded value of this data item. From 1/7/98 all values, both the initial and any changed values are received by QHAPDC.

The initial value of this item is supplied to QHAPDC linked to the data item "Listing Date on waiting list". If there are subsequent change/s to this item, the new value/s are submitted linked to the data item "Date of change of waiting list details".
Relational Attributes
Related Metadata References

Related Metadata References_IR

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ViewRelationshipMetadata Item TypeMetadata Item SubtypeNameIdentifier & VersionApproval Status
Has been superseded byData ElementData ElementElective surgery waiting list episode-clinical urgency assessment categoryQH 040087 Version 2Superseded
Is used in conjunction withData ElementData ElementDate of change of waiting list detailsQH 040358 Version 1Superseded
Is used in conjunction withData ElementData ElementListing date on waiting listQH 040359 Version 1Superseded
Relates toData ElementData Element ConceptElective careQH 040155 Version 1Current
Relates toData ElementData Element ConceptElective surgeryQH 040156 Version 1Superseded
Implementation in Metadata Sets


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ViewMetadata Item TypeMetadata Item SubtypeNameIdentifer & VersionObligationApproval StatusEffective FromEffective To
Information AssetData CollectionElective Surgery Data Collection (ESDC)QH 020110 Version 1MandatorySuperseded01-Jul-199630-Jun-2014
Information AssetData CollectionQueensland Hospital Admitted Patient Data Collection (QHAPDC)QH 020001 Version 1MandatorySuperseded01-Jul-199730-Jun-2014
Source and Reference Attributes