Welcome to CIHI’s Indicator Library

This library brings together metadata for health indicators in a convenient location on CIHI’s website. For each indicator, definitions, methodologies and characteristics such as reporting level are summarized in a standard template. Indicator results can also be accessed from hyperlinks provided in the library. The indicators in the library are organized according to CIHI’s Health System Performance Measurement Framework, but the tool also allows you to search for indicators by areas of need and reporting levels

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Health System Performance (HSP) Framework

Social and economic factors that influence the health of the population and inequalities in health

2. Health System Inputs and Characteristics

Resources and characteristics that frame the health system

3. Health System Outputs

Characteristics of the health services (or outputs) produced by the health system

Areas of Need

Indicators categorized under the Health System Outputs dimension of the Health System Performance framework, can be further categorized under Areas of Need.
  • Staying Healthy Health system services related to promoting and maintaining health (prevention)
  • Getting Better Health system services related to improving and restoring health (acute care)
  • Living With Illness, Disability or Reduced Function Health system services related to continuous and integrated care and support for chronic illness and disability and/or reduced function
  • Coping With End of LifeHealth system services related to planning, care and support for life-limiting illness and bereavement
4. Health System Outcomes

High-level outcomes and goals of the health system

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Reporting Levels

Indicator HSP Framework Areas of Need Equity National Prov./ Terr. Region Facility
30-Day Acute Myocardial Infarction In-Hospital Mortality
3.4
Appropriate and effective
B
Getting better
Yes Yes Yes Yes No
30-Day Acute Myocardial Infarction Readmission
3.4
Appropriate and effective
B
Getting better
Yes Yes Yes Yes No
30-Day Readmission for Mental Illness
3.2
Person-centred
C
Living with illness, disability or reduced function
Yes Yes Yes Yes No
30-Day Stroke In-Hospital Mortality
3.4
Appropriate and effective
B
Getting better
Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Administrative Expense
2.3
Efficient allocation of resources
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Age-Adjusted Public Spending per Person
2.2
Health system resources
-Not Applicable No No Yes No No
All Patients Readmitted to Hospital
3.4
Appropriate and effective
B
Getting better
No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions
3.4
Appropriate and effective
C
Living with illness, disability or reduced function
Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Assisted Delivery Rate (Overall) Among Vaginal Deliveries
2.4
Adjustment to population health needs
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes Yes No
Asthma Emergency Department Visits: Volume and Median Length of Stay
3.4
Appropriate and effective
C
Living with illness, disability or reduced function
No No No No No
Average Gross Clinical Payment per Physician
2.2
Health system resources
-Not Applicable No No Yes No No
Average Number of Drug Classes Used by Seniors on Public Drug Programs
3.4
Appropriate and effective
C
Living with illness, disability or reduced function
No No Yes No No
Avoidable Deaths
4.1
Improve health status of Canadians
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes Yes No
Avoidable Deaths From Preventable Causes
4.1
Improve health status of Canadians
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes Yes No
Avoidable Deaths From Treatable Causes
4.1
Improve health status of Canadians
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes Yes No
Breastfeeding Initiation
3.4
Appropriate and effective
A
Staying healthy
No Yes Yes Yes No
Caesarean Section Rate
3.4
Appropriate and effective
B
Getting better
No Yes Yes Yes No
Cardiac Revascularization Rate
2.2
Health system resources
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes Yes No
Children Vulnerable in Areas of Early Development
4.1
Improve health status of Canadians
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes Yes No
Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Rate
2.2
Health system resources
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes Yes No
Cost of a Standard Hospital Stay
3.5
Efficiently delivered
B
Getting better
No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Days Waiting for Admission to Inpatient Rehabilitation
3.1
Access to comprehensive, high-quality health services
B
Getting better
No Yes Yes No No
Emergency Department Wait Time for Inpatient Bed (Hours, Percentile)
3.1
Access to comprehensive, high-quality health services
B
Getting better
No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Emergency Department Wait Time for Physician Initial Assessment (Hours, Percentile)
3.1
Access to comprehensive, high-quality health services
B
Getting better
No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Epidural Rate for Vaginal Deliveries
2.4
Adjustment to population health needs
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes Yes No
Experiencing Pain in Long-Term Care
3.4
Appropriate and effective
C
Living with illness, disability or reduced function
No No Yes Yes No
Experiencing Worsened Pain in Long-Term Care
3.4
Appropriate and effective
C
Living with illness, disability or reduced function
No No Yes No No
Falls in the Last 30 Days in Long-Term Care
3.3
Safe
C
Living with illness, disability or reduced function
No No Yes No No
Have a Regular Doctor
3.1
Access to comprehensive, high-quality health services
B
Getting better
No Yes Yes Yes No
Heavy Drinking
1.2
Biological material, psychosocial and behavioural factors of health
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes Yes No
High Users of Hospital Beds
3.4
Appropriate and effective
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes Yes No
Hip Fracture Surgery Within 48 Hours
3.1
Access to comprehensive, high-quality health services
B
Getting better
No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hip Replacement Rate (All Types)
2.2
Health system resources
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes No No
Hospital Deaths (HSMR)
3.4
Appropriate and effective
B
Getting better
No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hospital Deaths Following Major Surgery
3.4
Appropriate and effective
B
Getting better
No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hospitalized Heart Attacks
4.1
Improve health status of Canadians
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes Yes No
Hospitalized Hip Fracture Event
3.4
Appropriate and effective
A
Staying healthy
Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Hospitalized Strokes
4.1
Improve health status of Canadians
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes Yes No
Hysterectomy Rate
2.2
Health system resources
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes Yes No
Improved Physical Functioning in Long-Term Care
3.4
Appropriate and effective
C
Living with illness, disability or reduced function
No No Yes No No
In-Hospital Sepsis
3.3
Safe
B
Getting better
No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Incidence of End-Stage Kidney Disease (ESKD), by Age Group, Sex, Province, Rate per Million Population
4.1
Improve health status of Canadians
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes No No
Incidence of End-Stage Kidney Disease (ESKD), by Primary Diagnosis
4.1
Improve health status of Canadians
-Not Applicable No No Yes No No
Inflow/Outflow Ratio
3.2
Person-centred
B
Getting better
No No No Yes No
Influenza Immunization for Seniors
3.4
Appropriate and effective
A
Staying healthy
No Yes Yes Yes No
Injury Hospitalization
4.1
Improve health status of Canadians
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes Yes No
Joint Replacement Wait Times
3.1
Access to comprehensive, high-quality health services
B
Getting better
No Yes Yes Yes No
Knee Replacement Rate (All Types)
2.2
Health system resources
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes No No
Length of Stay Efficiency
3.5
Efficiently delivered
B
Getting better
No Yes Yes No No
Life Expectancy at Age 65
4.1
Improve health status of Canadians
-Not Applicable Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Life Expectancy at Birth
4.1
Improve health status of Canadians
-Not Applicable Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Low Birth Weight Rate (<2,500 Grams, Excluding <500 Grams)
4.1
Improve health status of Canadians
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes Yes No
Low-Risk Caesarean Sections
3.4
Appropriate and effective
B
Getting better
No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Medical Patients Readmitted to Hospital
3.4
Appropriate and effective
B
Getting better
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mental Health General Hospital Inpatient Separations as a Percentage (Pan-Canadian) of All General Hospital Inpatient Separations, by Province, Diagnosis Category, Sex and/or Age Group
2.2
Health system resources
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes No No
Mental Illness Hospitalization
3.2
Person-centred
C
Living with illness, disability or reduced function
Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Mental Illness Patient Days
3.2
Person-centred
C
Living with illness, disability or reduced function
Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Midwives per 100,000 Population
2.2
Health system resources
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes No No
Obesity
1.2
Biological material, psychosocial and behavioural factors of health
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes Yes No
Obstetric Patients Readmitted to Hospital
3.4
Appropriate and effective
B
Getting better
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Obstetric Trauma (With Instrument)
3.3
Safe
B
Getting better
No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pan-Canadian Age-Standardized (or Crude) Mental Illness Separations per 100,000 Population, by Province and/or Region
2.2
Health system resources
-Not Applicable No No Yes Yes No
Pan-Canadian Percentage of Total Days Stayed in General Hospitals for Mental Illness, by Province, Diagnosis Category, Sex and/or Age Group
2.2
Health system resources
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes No No
Patient Flow for Hip Replacement
3.2
Person-centred
B
Getting better
No No No Yes No
Patients 19 and Younger Readmitted to Hospital
3.4
Appropriate and effective
B
Getting better
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Perceived Health
4.1
Improve health status of Canadians
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes Yes No
Percentage of Claims Accepted by Public Drug Programs for Generic Drugs
2.3
Efficient allocation of resources
-Not Applicable No No Yes No No
Percentage of Prescribed Drug Spending Financed by Public Sector
2.2
Health system resources
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes No No
Percentage of Public Drug Program Spending on Generic Drugs
2.3
Efficient allocation of resources
-Not Applicable No No Yes No No
Percentage of Residents Who Had a Newly Occurring Stage 2 to 4 Pressure Ulcer
3.3
Safe
C
Living with illness, disability or reduced function
No No Yes Yes No
Percentage of Residents Whose Behavioural Symptoms Improved
3.4
Appropriate and effective
C
Living with illness, disability or reduced function
No No Yes Yes No
Percentage of Residents Whose Behavioural Symptoms Worsened
3.4
Appropriate and effective
C
Living with illness, disability or reduced function
No No Yes No No
Percentage of Residents Whose Bladder Continence Worsened
3.4
Appropriate and effective
C
Living with illness, disability or reduced function
No No Yes No No
Percentage of Seniors on Public Drug Programs With Accepted Claims
2.5
Health system innovation and learning capacity
-Not Applicable No No Yes No No
Percentage Rate of Chronic Beers Drug Use Among Seniors on Public Drug Programs
3.4
Appropriate and effective
C
Living with illness, disability or reduced function
No No Yes No No
Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Rate
2.2
Health system resources
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes Yes No
Physical Activity During Leisure Time
1.2
Biological material, psychosocial and behavioural factors of health
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes Yes No
Physicians per 100,000 Population, by Specialty
2.2
Health system resources
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes Yes No
Potentially Inappropriate Medication Prescribed to Seniors
3.4
Appropriate and effective
C
Living with illness, disability or reduced function
No No Yes No No
Potentially Inappropriate Use of Antipsychotics in Long-Term Care
3.2
Person-centred
C
Living with illness, disability or reduced function
No No Yes Yes No
Prescribed Drug Spending per Capita
2.2
Health system resources
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes No No
Proportion of Physicians in Rural Areas
2.2
Health system resources
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes No No
Radiation Treatment Wait Times
3.1
Access to comprehensive, high-quality health services
B
Getting better
No Yes Yes No No
Repeat Hospital Stays for Mental Illness
3.2
Person-centred
C
Living with illness, disability or reduced function
No Yes Yes Yes No
Restraint Use in Long-Term Care
3.2
Person-centred
C
Living with illness, disability or reduced function
No No Yes No No
Self-Injury Hospitalization
4.1
Improve health status of Canadians
-Not Applicable Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Small for Gestational Age Rate
4.1
Improve health status of Canadians
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes Yes No
Smoking
1.2
Biological material, psychosocial and behavioural factors of health
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes Yes No
Specialist Wait Times
3.1
Access to comprehensive, high-quality health services
B
Getting better
No Yes Yes No No
Surgical Patients Readmitted to Hospital
3.4
Appropriate and effective
B
Getting better
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Time in Emergency Department Until Disposition Decision (Hours, Percentile)
3.1
Access to comprehensive, high-quality health services
B
Getting better
No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Total Time Spent in Emergency Department (Hours, Percentile)
3.1
Access to comprehensive, high-quality health services
B
Getting better
No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Total Time Spent in Emergency Department for Admitted Patients (Hours, Percentile)
3.1
Access to comprehensive, high-quality health services
B
Getting better
No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Total Time Spent in Emergency Department for Non-Admitted Patients (Hours, Percentile)
3.1
Access to comprehensive, high-quality health services
B
Getting better
No Yes Yes No No
Transplants, by Organ Type
2.2
Health system resources
-Not Applicable No No Yes No No
Wait Times for Bypass Surgery
3.1
Access to comprehensive, high-quality health services
B
Getting better
No Yes Yes No No
Wait Times for Cataract Surgery (Percentage Meeting Benchmark)
3.1
Access to comprehensive, high-quality health services
B
Getting better
No Yes Yes No No
Wait Times for Cataract Surgery (Percentiles)
3.1
Access to comprehensive, high-quality health services
B
Getting better
No Yes Yes No No
Wait Times for CT Scan
3.1
Access to comprehensive, high-quality health services
B
Getting better
No No Yes No No
Wait Times for Hip Fracture Repair: From ED Registration (Percentage Meeting Benchmark)
3.1
Access to comprehensive, high-quality health services
B
Getting better
No No Yes No No
Wait Times for Hip Fracture Repair: From ED Registration (Percentiles)
3.1
Access to comprehensive, high-quality health services
B
Getting better
No No Yes No No
Wait Times for Hip Fracture Repair: From Inpatient Admission (Percentage Meeting Benchmark)
3.1
Access to comprehensive, high-quality health services
B
Getting better
No Yes Yes No No
Wait Times for Hip Fracture Repair: From Inpatient Admission (Percentiles)
3.1
Access to comprehensive, high-quality health services
B
Getting better
No Yes Yes No No
Wait Times for Hip Replacement (Percentage Meeting Benchmark)
3.1
Access to comprehensive, high-quality health services
B
Getting better
No Yes Yes Yes No
Wait Times for Hip Replacement (Percentiles)
3.1
Access to comprehensive, high-quality health services
B
Getting better
No Yes Yes Yes No
Wait Times for Knee Replacement (Percentage Meeting Benchmark)
3.1
Access to comprehensive, high-quality health services
B
Getting better
No Yes Yes Yes No
Wait Times for Knee Replacement (Percentiles)
3.1
Access to comprehensive, high-quality health services
B
Getting better
No Yes Yes Yes No
Wait Times for MRI Scan
3.1
Access to comprehensive, high-quality health services
B
Getting better
No No Yes No No
Wait Times for Radiation Therapy (Percentiles)
3.1
Access to comprehensive, high-quality health services
B
Getting better
No Yes Yes No No
Worsened Depressive Mood in Long-Term Care
3.4
Appropriate and effective
C
Living with illness, disability or reduced function
No No Yes No No
Worsened Physical Functioning in Long-Term Care
3.4
Appropriate and effective
C
Living with illness, disability or reduced function
No No Yes Yes No
Worsened Pressure Ulcer in Long-Term Care
3.3
Safe
C
Living with illness, disability or reduced function
No No Yes No No