Indicator Metadata

NameWait Times for MRI Scan
Short/Other Names

Not applicable

DescriptionThe number of days patients waited, from the date the order/requisition was received to the date that patients received MRI scans
Interpretation

50th percentile means a time period that typical patients have to wait to receive care

90th percentile means that provinces could treat 90% of patients within that time period

HSP Framework Dimension

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

Areas of Need

Getting Better

Geographic Coverage

Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta

Reporting Level/Disaggregation

Province/Territory

Indicator Results

http://waittimes.cihi.ca/All/mri

Identifying Information
NameWait Times for MRI Scan
Short/Other Names

Not applicable

Indicator Description and Calculation
DescriptionThe number of days patients waited, from the date the order/requisition was received to the date that patients received MRI scans
Calculation: Description

The data set contains the following provincial and national wait time information for the first two quarters of the fiscal year (April–September).

Measures:

Wait times are obtained by calculating

1. The number of days that half the patients in the sample received the surgery and half are still waiting (50th percentile)

2. The number of days that 90% of patients in the sample received the surgery and 10% are still waiting (90th percentile)

Unit of Analysis: Client or patient

Calculation: Geographic Assignment

Place of service

Calculation: Type of Measurement

Number - 50th percentile, 90th percentile

Calculation: Adjustment Applied

None

Calculation: Method of Adjustment

Not applicable

Denominator

Description:
Not applicable

Numerator

Description:
1. The number of days that half the patients in the sample received the surgery and half are still waiting (50th percentile)

2. The number of days that 90% of patients in the sample received the surgery and 10% are still waiting (90th percentile)
Inclusions:
1. Age 18 and older

2. Diagnostic scans (inpatient and/or outpatient)

3. All priority levels
Exclusions:
1. Routine follow-up scans

2. Mammography screening and prenatal screening

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

50th percentile means a time period that typical patients have to wait to receive care

90th percentile means that provinces could treat 90% of patients within that time period

HSP Framework Dimension

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

Areas of Need

Getting Better

Targets/Benchmarks

Not applicable

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:
2016

Geographic Coverage

Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta

Reporting Level/Disaggregation

Province/Territory

Result Updates
Update Frequency

Every year

Indicator Results

Web Tool:
Wait Times
URL: http://waittimes.cihi.ca/All/mri

Updates

There may be some provincial exceptions to the standard methodology each year. For more information, visit the Wait Times website and view provincial exceptions (http://waittimes.cihi.ca/All/mri).

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/mri).

Trending Issues

Since 2008, an increasing number of provinces have adapted to the standard methodology in order 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/mri).

Comments

Not applicable