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Identifying and Definitional Attributes
Identifier
QH 040937
Version
2
Metadata Item Type
Data Element
Data Element Type
Derived Data Element
Approval Status
Draft
19-May-2011  
Current
25-Jun-2011  
Superseded
01-Nov-2012  
Approval Type
Standard
Approving Authority
-
Effective From
01-Jul-2010
Effective To
30-Jun-2012
Definition
The total number of days from the date an outpatient clinic service request is received by an outpatient clinic to the date of a patient's initial attendance for an appointment.
Context
Hospital outpatient clinic services excluding community mental health care (which includes hospital-based mental health ambulatory services).
Short Name
Waiting time to initial attendance (ODC)
Name in Other Contexts
-
Representational Attributes
Datatype
Integer
Representation Class
Quantitative Value
Format
[N(3)]N
Minimum Character Length
1
Maximum Character Length
4
Permissible Values
-
Supplementary Values
-
Collection and Usage Attributes
Guide for Use
The number of days is calculated by subtracting the Outpatient clinic service request-receipt date from the Outpatient clinic appointment-scheduled attendance date. The waiting time calculation includes weekends and public holidays.

Any days the patient's clinical urgency category is 'unclassified' (up to a maximum of five working days) are excluded in the waiting time calculation. 

Any days the patient was not ready for care are also excluded in the waiting period calculation.
Verification Rules
The number of days cannot be a negative number.
Collection Methods
-
Comment
-
Relational Attributes
Related Metadata References
Has been superseded by Outpatient clinic service request-waiting time to initial attendance QH 040937 Version 3
Is derived from Outpatient clinic appointment-scheduled attendance date QH 040930 Version 2
Is derived from Outpatient clinic service request-clinical urgency category QH 040936 Version 2
Is derived from Outpatient clinic service request-receipt date QH 040929 Version 2
Is used in conjunction with Not ready for care QH 040377 Version 2
Supersedes Non-admitted patient care-service delivery waiting period QH 040937 Version 1
Implementation in Metadata Sets
Data Quality Declaration
-
Source and Reference Attributes
Source Organisation
Queensland Health
Source Document
Outpatient Services Implementation Standard