Name Specialist Wait Times Short/Other Names Percentage of Population Waiting Longer Than Three Months for a Specialist Visit for a New Illness or Condition Description This indicator measures the percentage of the population that reported waiting longer than three months for a specialist visit to obtain a diagnosis for a new illness or condition. "Waiting" is defined as the time between when individuals and their primary care doctor decided that they should see a specialist and when they actually visited the specialist. Interpretation Lower percentages are desirable. 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 International, National, Province/Territory Indicator Results http://yourhealthsystem.cihi.ca/hsp/inbrief?lang=en#!/indicators/002/specialist-wait-times
Identifying Information
 Name Specialist Wait Times Short/Other Names Percentage of Population Waiting Longer Than Three Months for a Specialist Visit for a New Illness or Condition
Indicator Description and Calculation
 Description This indicator measures the percentage of the population that reported waiting longer than three months for a specialist visit to obtain a diagnosis for a new illness or condition. "Waiting" is defined as the time between when individuals and their primary care doctor decided that they should see a specialist and when they actually visited the specialist. Calculation: Description Number of people who reported waiting longer than three months for a specialist visit for a new illness or condition divided by the number who reported waiting for a specialist visit for a new illness or condition in the past 12 months Calculation: Geographic Assignment Place of residence Calculation: Type of Measurement Percentage or proportion Calculation: Adjustment Applied None Calculation: Method of Adjustment Not applicable Denominator Description: Population age 15 and older reporting wait times for specialist visits for a new illness or condition in the past 12 months Exclusions: 1. Non-response categories ("refusal," "don't know" and "not stated") Numerator Description: Population reporting waiting longer than three months for a specialist visit to obtain a diagnosis for a new illness or condition Exclusions: 1. Specialist visits for ongoing care for a previously diagnosed condition
Background, Interpretation and Benchmarks