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released: 29 Nov 2012 author: AIHW

This report describes the methods used for the Hospital Dementia Services Project to derive dementia status, complete hospital stays and post-hospital destination using New South Wales hospital data for 2006-07. Comparisons of estimates using these key variables show that the method used to derive the variables can substantially affect analytical results on use of hospitals. This report demonstrates the importance of using analytical data and methods that match the particular policy or research question being asked.

ISBN 978-1-74249-372-5; Cat. no. CSI 15; 30pp.; $15

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
      • Authorship
      • Contributors
      • Funding
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Summary
      • Stays versus episodes
      • Identifying patients with dementia
      • Post-hospital destination
  • Body section
    • 1 Background
    • 2 Hospital patient data
      • 2.1 Deriving hospital stays
      • 2.2 Identifying patients with dementia
      • 2.3 Elapsed length of stay
    • 3 Post-hospital destination
      • 3.1 Linking hospital and residential aged care data
      • 3.2 Deriving post-hospital destination
      • 3.3 Comparison of derived and reported post-hospital destination
  • End matter
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • Other Hospital Dementia Services publications

Recommended citation

AIHW 2012. Deriving key patient variables: a technical paper for the Hospital Dementia Services Project. Data linkage series no. 15. Cat. no. CSI 15. Canberra: AIHW.

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