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Identifying and Definitional Attributes
QH 040354 v1
Data Element
Data Element
The first date in the period that the patient will not be / is not ready for care.
Elective admission/Waiting list
Date not ready for care
Representational Attributes
Numeric Character
Permissible Values


Must be a valid date.
Supplementary Values


Collection and Usage Attributes
Not ready for care patients are either:
- staged patient whose medical condition will not require or be amenable to surgery until some future date. For example, a patient who has had internal fixation of a fractured bone and who will require removal of the fixation device after a suitable time: or
- deferred patients who for personal reasons are not yet prepared to be admitted to hospital. For example, patients with work or other commitments which preclude their being admitted to hospital for a time.

Not ready for care patients may also be termed staged or deferred waiting list patients. Staged or Deferred patients should not be confused with patients whose operation is postponed for reasons other than their own unavailability. For example, surgeon unavailable owing to emergency workload. These patients are still ready for care.
Some Queensland Health information systems restrict date storage to CCYYMMDD format e.g. Oracle systems.
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Has been superseded byData ElementData ElementNot ready for care-start dateQH 040354 Version 2Superseded
Is used in the derivation ofData ElementDerived Data ElementTotal waiting timeQH 040091 Version 1Superseded
Relates toData ElementData ElementLast date not ready for careQH 040355 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 1ConditionalSuperseded01-Jul-199830-Jun-2005
Information AssetData CollectionQueensland Hospital Admitted Patient Data Collection (QHAPDC)QH 020001 Version 1ConditionalSuperseded01-Jul-199830-Jun-2005
Source and Reference Attributes