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
Yes Yes Yes Yes No
30-Day Acute Myocardial Infarction Readmission
Yes Yes Yes Yes No
30-Day Readmission for Mental Illness
Yes Yes Yes Yes No
30-Day Stroke In-Hospital Mortality
Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Administrative Expense
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Age-Adjusted Public Spending per Person
-Not Applicable No No Yes No No
Alcohol-Attributable Hospitalizations (AAHs)
No Yes Yes Yes No
All Patients Readmitted to Hospital
No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions
Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Assisted Delivery Rate (Overall) Among Vaginal Deliveries
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes Yes No
Asthma Emergency Department Visits: Volume and Median Length of Stay
No No No No No
Average Gross Clinical Payment per Physician
-Not Applicable No No Yes No No
Average Number of Drug Classes Used by Seniors on Public Drug Programs
No No Yes No No
Avoidable Deaths
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes Yes No
Avoidable Deaths From Preventable Causes
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes Yes No
Avoidable Deaths From Treatable Causes
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes Yes No
Breastfeeding Initiation
No Yes Yes Yes No
Caesarean Section Rate
No Yes Yes Yes No
Cardiac Revascularization Rate
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes Yes No
Children Vulnerable in Areas of Early Development
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes Yes No
Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Rate
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes Yes No
Cost of a Standard Hospital Stay
No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Days Waiting for Admission to Inpatient Rehabilitation
No Yes Yes No No
Emergency Department Wait Time for Inpatient Bed (Hours, Percentile)
No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Emergency Department Wait Time for Physician Initial Assessment (Hours, Percentile)
No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Epidural Rate for Vaginal Deliveries
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes Yes No
Experiencing Pain in Long-Term Care
No No Yes Yes No
Experiencing Worsened Pain in Long-Term Care
No No Yes No No
Falls in the Last 30 Days in Long-Term Care
No No Yes No No
Have a Regular Doctor
No Yes Yes Yes No
Heavy Drinking
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes Yes No
High Users of Hospital Beds
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes Yes No
Hip Fracture Surgery Within 48 Hours
No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hip Replacement Rate
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes No No
Hospital Deaths (HSMR)
No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hospital Deaths Following Major Surgery
No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hospital Harm
No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hospitalized Heart Attacks
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes Yes No
Hospitalized Hip Fracture Event
Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Hospitalized Strokes
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes Yes No
Hysterectomy Rate
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes Yes No
Improved Physical Functioning in Long-Term Care
No No Yes No No
In-Hospital Infections Due to Clostridium difficile (C. difficile)
No Yes Yes Yes Yes
In-Hospital Infections Due to Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
No Yes Yes Yes Yes
In-Hospital Sepsis
No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Incidence of End-Stage Kidney Disease (ESKD), by Age Group, Sex, Province, Rate per Million Population
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes No No
Incidence of End-Stage Kidney Disease (ESKD), by Primary Diagnosis
-Not Applicable No No Yes No No
Inflow/Outflow Ratio
No No No Yes No
Influenza Immunization for Seniors
No Yes Yes Yes No
Injury Hospitalization
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes Yes No
Joint Replacement Wait Times
No Yes Yes Yes No
Knee Replacement Rate
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes No No
Length of Stay Efficiency
No Yes Yes No No
Life Expectancy at Age 65
-Not Applicable Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Life Expectancy at Birth
-Not Applicable Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Low Birth Weight Rate (<2,500 Grams, Excluding <500 Grams)
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes Yes No
Low-Risk Caesarean Sections
No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Medical Patients Readmitted to Hospital
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
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes No No
Mental Illness Hospitalization
Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Mental Illness Patient Days
Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Midwives per 100,000 Population
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes No No
Obesity
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes Yes No
Obstetric Patients Readmitted to Hospital
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Obstetric Trauma (With Instrument)
No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pan-Canadian Age-Standardized (or Crude) Mental Illness Separations per 100,000 Population, by Province and/or Region
-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
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes No No
Patient Flow for Hip Replacement
No No No Yes No
Patients 19 and Younger Readmitted to Hospital
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Perceived Health
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes Yes No
Percentage of Claims Accepted by Public Drug Programs for Generic Drugs
-Not Applicable No No Yes No No
Percentage of Prescribed Drug Spending Financed by Public Sector
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes No No
Percentage of Public Drug Program Spending on Generic Drugs
-Not Applicable No No Yes No No
Percentage of Residents Who Had a Newly Occurring Stage 2 to 4 Pressure Ulcer
No No Yes Yes No
Percentage of Residents Whose Behavioural Symptoms Improved
No No Yes Yes No
Percentage of Residents Whose Behavioural Symptoms Worsened
No No Yes No No
Percentage of Residents Whose Bladder Continence Worsened
No No Yes No No
Percentage of Seniors on Public Drug Programs With Accepted Claims
-Not Applicable No No Yes No No
Percentage Rate of Chronic Beers Drug Use Among Seniors on Public Drug Programs
No No Yes No No
Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Rate
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes Yes No
Physical Activity During Leisure Time
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes Yes No
Physicians per 100,000 Population, by Specialty
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes Yes No
Potentially Inappropriate Medication Prescribed to Seniors
No No Yes No No
Potentially Inappropriate Use of Antipsychotics in Long-Term Care
No No Yes Yes No
Prescribed Drug Spending per Capita
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes No No
Proportion of Physicians in Rural Areas
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes No No
Radiation Treatment Wait Times
No Yes Yes No No
Repeat Hospital Stays for Mental Illness
No Yes Yes Yes No
Restraint Use in Long-Term Care
No No Yes No No
Self-Injury Hospitalization
-Not Applicable Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Small for Gestational Age Rate
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes Yes No
Smoking
-Not Applicable No Yes Yes Yes No
Specialist Wait Times
No Yes Yes No No
Surgical Patients Readmitted to Hospital
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Time in Emergency Department Until Disposition Decision (Hours, Percentile)
No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Total Time Spent in Emergency Department (Hours, Percentile)
No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Total Time Spent in Emergency Department for Admitted Patients (Hours, Percentile)
No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Total Time Spent in Emergency Department for Non-Admitted Patients (Hours, Percentile)
No Yes Yes No No
Transplants, by Organ Type
-Not Applicable No No Yes No No
Wait Times for Bypass Surgery
No Yes Yes No No
Wait Times for Cataract Surgery (Percentage Meeting Benchmark)
No Yes Yes No No
Wait Times for Cataract Surgery (Percentiles)
No Yes Yes No No
Wait Times for CT Scan
No No Yes No No
Wait Times for Hip Fracture Repair: From ED Registration (Percentage Meeting Benchmark)
No No Yes No No
Wait Times for Hip Fracture Repair: From ED Registration (Percentiles)
No No Yes No No
Wait Times for Hip Fracture Repair: From Inpatient Admission (Percentage Meeting Benchmark)
No Yes Yes No No
Wait Times for Hip Fracture Repair: From Inpatient Admission (Percentiles)
No Yes Yes No No
Wait Times for Hip Replacement (Percentage Meeting Benchmark)
No Yes Yes Yes No
Wait Times for Hip Replacement (Percentiles)
No Yes Yes Yes No
Wait Times for Knee Replacement (Percentage Meeting Benchmark)
No Yes Yes Yes No
Wait Times for Knee Replacement (Percentiles)
No Yes Yes Yes No
Wait Times for MRI Scan
No No Yes No No
Wait Times for Radiation Therapy (Percentiles)
No Yes Yes No No
Worsened Depressive Mood in Long-Term Care
No No Yes No No
Worsened Physical Functioning in Long-Term Care
No No Yes Yes No
Worsened Pressure Ulcer in Long-Term Care
No No Yes No No