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Indicator Metadata

Name

Wait Times for CT Scan

Short/Other Names

Not applicable

Description

The number of days patients waited, from the date the order/requisition was received to the date that patients received CT scans

Interpretation

50th percentile: Half of all patients waited this many days before receiving care.

90th percentile: 1 out of 10 patients waited this many days or more before receiving care.

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, British Columbia

Reporting Level/Disaggregation

National, Province/Territory

Indicator Results

https://www.cihi.ca/en/explore-wait-times-for-priority-procedures-across-canada

Identifying Information
Name

Wait Times for CT Scan

Short/Other Names

Not applicable

Indicator Description and Calculation
Description

The number of days patients waited, from the date the order/requisition was received to the date that patients received CT scans

Calculation: Description

The data set contains the following provincial and national wait time information for the first 2 quarters of the fiscal year (April–September) and includes all procedures that are publicly funded under the provincial health plan.

Measures:

50th percentile: Half of all patients waited this many days before receiving care.

90th percentile: 1 out of 10 patients waited this many days or more before receiving care.


Unit of Analysis: Episode of care

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:
50th percentile: Half of all patients waited this many days before receiving care.

90th percentile: 1 out of 10 patients waited this many days or more before receiving care.

Excludes patient unavailable time.

Inclusions:

  1. Age 18 and older
  2. 3.^^.20. ^^ CT scan, any site
  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: Half of all patients waited this many days before receiving care.

90th percentile: 1 out of 10 patients waited this many days or more before receiving care.

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. https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/health-care-system/health-care-system-delivery/federal-provincial-territorial-collaboration/first-ministers-meeting-year-plan-2004/10-year-plan-strengthen-health-care.html. 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:
2020

Geographic Coverage

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

Reporting Level/Disaggregation

National, Province/Territory

Result Updates
Update Frequency

Every year

Indicator Results

Web Tool:
Wait Times
URL: https://www.cihi.ca/en/explore-wait-times-for-priority-procedures-across-canada

Updates

There might be some provincial exceptions to the standard methodology each year. For details, please see the Trend tab of CIHI’s wait time visualization.

Quality Statement
Caveats and Limitations

Some provinces may have some exceptions and their methodology may be slightly different than the standard methodology. For details, please see the Trend tab of CIHI’s wait time visualization.

Trending Issues

Since 2008, an increasing number of provinces have adapted to the standard methodology to increase the comparability of results. When comparing several years of data for a particular province, attention should be given to the exceptions. For details, please see the Trend tab of CIHI’s wait time visualization.

Comments

Not applicable