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Identifying and Definitional Attributes
QH 040087
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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.
Short Name
Urgency category
Name in Other Contexts
Representational Attributes
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Permissible Values
1Elective Surgery - Category 1
2Elective Surgery - Category 2
3Elective Surgery - Category 3
4Other - Category 1
5Other - Category 2
6Other - Category 3
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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
Has been superseded by Elective surgery waiting list episode-clinical urgency assessment category QH 040087 Version 2
Is used in conjunction with Date of change of waiting list details QH 040358 Version 1
Is used in conjunction with Listing date on waiting list QH 040359 Version 1
Relates to Elective care QH 040155 Version 1
Relates to Elective surgery QH 040156 Version 1
Implementation in Metadata Sets


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ViewMetadata Item TypeMetadata Set TypeNameAscendingIdentifier & VersionObligationEffective FromEffective To
Information AssetData CollectionElective Surgery Data Collection (ESDC)QH 020110 Version 1Mandatory01-Jul-199630-Jun-2014
Information AssetData CollectionQueensland Hospital Admitted Patient Data Collection (QHAPDC)QH 020001 Version 1Mandatory01-Jul-199730-Jun-2014
Data Quality Declaration
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