Table of contents

  • Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • Abbreviations
  • Symbols
  • Summary
    • Key messages
    • Recommendation
  • 1 Introduction
    • 1.1 Background
    • 1.2 Why is this important?
    • 1.3 This report
    • 1.4 Understanding admitted care data
    • 1.5 Pathways to admission
    • 1.6 Sources of variation
    • 1.7 How variations influence performance reporting
  • 2 Contextual factors that affect hospital admission
    • 2.1 Admission policies, legislation and data standards
      • State and territory admission policies
      • Legislation and national standards
    • 2.2 Models of service delivery
    • 2.3 Location of hospital and availability of other health services
    • 2.4 Funding models
  • 3 Admission criteria in detail: points of variation
    • 3.1 Acute care
      • Same-day admitted care and ‘Type B’ procedures
      • Other possible areas of variation
    • 3.2 Non-acute care
      • Rehabilitation
    • 3.3 Other points of variation
      • Mental health-related care
      • Hospital-in-the-home
      • Type of care
      • Eligibility of private patients for HITH
      • Additional points of variation
      • Admission time
      • Certification for admitted care and clinical discretion
      • Newborn care
      • Care type changes and transfers
      • Transfers
      • Other issues
  • 4 The transition between non-admitted emergency care and admitted care
    • 4.1 Points of variation
      • Short stay admissions from the emergency department
      • Admitted patients with episode of care in the emergency department only
      • Admission date and time
      • Other issues identified
  • 5 Outcomes of this work
    • 5.1 Measurement of the duration of admitted care
      • Development and collection of new data items
    • 5.2 Other related work underway
  • Appendix A: Additional material referenced in report
  • Glossary
  • References
  • List of tables
  • List of figures
  • List of boxes
  • Related publications