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Indicator Metadata

NameRadiation Treatment Wait Times
Short/Other Names

Wait Times for Radiation Therapy (Percentage Meeting Benchmark)

DescriptionPercentage of patients within a province who received their first radiation therapy within the benchmark (28 days) from the date they were ready to be treated.
InterpretationThe greater the percentage meeting the benchmark, the greater the proportion of patients in that province who received treatment within the benchmark (28 days).
HSP Framework Dimension

Health System Outputs: Access to comprehensive, high-quality health services

Areas of Need

Getting Better

Geographic Coverage

All provinces

Reporting Level/Disaggregation

National, Province/Territory

Indicator Results

http://yourhealthsystem.cihi.ca/inbrief/?lang=en#!/indicators/003/radiation-treatment-wait-times

Identifying Information
NameRadiation Treatment Wait Times
Short/Other Names

Wait Times for Radiation Therapy (Percentage Meeting Benchmark)

Indicator Description and Calculation
DescriptionPercentage of patients within a province who received their first radiation therapy within the benchmark (28 days) from the date they were ready to be treated.
Calculation: Description

This indicator is calculated based on provincial and national wait time data for the first two quarters of the fiscal year (April–September).

The percentage within the benchmark is calculated by dividing the number of cases who received care within the benchmark by all cases, multiplied by 100.

Unit of Analysis: Client or patient

Calculation of all-Canada estimates:

All-Canada Percentage Meeting Benchmark

The national percentage meeting benchmark estimates was calculated as follows:

National percentage meeting benchmark = Total patients meeting benchmark for each province ÷ Total procedures performed × 100

Calculation: Geographic Assignment

Place of service

Calculation: Type of Measurement

Percentage or proportion

Calculation: Adjustment Applied

None

Calculation: Method of Adjustment

Not applicable

Denominator

Description:
All patients who received their first radiation therapy
Inclusions:
1. Age 18 and older

2. All referrals to start or initiate radiation treatment

3. All priority levels and all cancer types

Numerator

Description:
Patients who received the first radiation therapy within the benchmark (28 days) from the date they were ready to be treated
Inclusions:
1. Age 18 and older

2. All referrals to start or initiate radiation treatment

3. All priority levels and all cancer types rolled up

Background, Interpretation and Benchmarks
Rationale

In 2004, Canada's first ministers agreed to work toward reducing wait times for five priority areas: cancer treatment, cardiac care, diagnostic imaging, joint replacement and sight restoration. CIHI was mandated to collect wait time information and monitor provincial progress in meeting benchmarks.

Many factors affect wait times, for example, availability of resources, efficiency of a particular facility, seasonal effects, volumes, patient choice, patient condition, follow-up care and/or treatment complexity.

This indicator can be used to help understand access to care and to know how provinces are performing in providing access to services.

Interpretation

The greater the percentage meeting the benchmark, the greater the proportion of patients in that province who received treatment within the benchmark (28 days).

HSP Framework Dimension

Health System Outputs: Access to comprehensive, high-quality health services

Areas of Need

Getting Better

Targets/Benchmarks

Within 4 weeks (28 days)

References

Health Canada. A 10-Year Plan to Strengthen Health Care. Health Canada. http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hcs-sss/delivery-prestation/fptcollab/2004-fmm-rpm/index-eng.php. Updated September 16, 2004. Accessed June 7, 2013.

Availability of Data Sources and Results
Data Sources

Provincial Wait Times Registry, Data may come from various sources, depending on the province.

Available Data Years

Type of Year:
Fiscal
First Available Year:
2008
Last Available Year:
2015

Geographic Coverage

All provinces

Reporting Level/Disaggregation

National, Province/Territory

Result Updates
Update Frequency

Every year

Indicator Results

Web Tool:
Your Health System: In Brief
URL: http://yourhealthsystem.cihi.ca/inbrief/?lang=en#!/indicators/003/radiation-treatment-wait-times

Updates

There might be some provincial exceptions to the standard method. For more information, visit the Wait Times website and view provincial exceptions (http://waittimes.cihi.ca/All/radiation).

Quality Statement
Caveats and Limitations

Some provinces may have some exceptions and their methodology may be slightly different than the standard methodology. For more information, visit the Wait Times website and view provincial exceptions (http://waittimes.cihi.ca/All/radiation).

Trending Issues

Since 2008, an increasing number of provinces have adapted to the standard methodology to increase the comparability of results. When comparing data for a particular province over time, attention should be given to the exceptions. For more information, visit the Wait Times website and view provincial exceptions (http://waittimes.cihi.ca/All/radiation).

Comments

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