The data is provided by OECD (The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) whose mission is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. OECD’s work is based on continued monitoring of events in member countries as well as outside OECD area, and includes regular projections of short and medium-term economic developments. The OECD Secretariat collects and analyses data, after which committees discuss policy regarding this information, the Council makes decisions, and then governments implement recommendations. The OECD Health Datasets offers the most comprehensive source of comparable statistics on health and health systems across OECD countries. It is an essential tool to carry out comparative analyses and draw lessons from international comparisons of diverse health systems.
Capturing the patients’ perspective of health care is becoming increasingly important as health systems strive to be more responsive to the needs of the people using their services. The HCQI (Health Care Quality Indicators) project has identified measurement of patient experiences as a priority for indicator development and quality improvement. To explore the possibilities for cross-national comparison of patient experiences, the OECD commissioned the Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services to perform a review of the use of national and international surveys to measure patient experiences. Based on this review and the outcomes of further consultation with country experts, academics in the field and key international partners, the HCQI project developed a population-based survey, and undertook the cognitive testing of the questionnaire and a pilot data collection. Patient experience indicators have been collected for international reporting. The HCQI project continues to focus on learning and sharing developments on national systems for measuring and reporting patient experiences including Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) and experiences with integrated care and safety and to improve quality of indicators for international reporting. This work moved forward in collaboration with key organizations and country experts, including the Commonwealth Fund and the WHO.
The waiting time indicators regarding the number of days from specialist assessment to treatment and the number of days on waiting list are based on quantitative national data. In order to be easily understood these indicators need a detailed description.
Waiting times from specialist assessment to treatment includes the time elapsed for patients on the non-emergency (elective) surgery waiting list from the date they were added to the waiting list for the procedure (following specialist assessment) to the date they were admitted for treatment. The indicator is based on the following inclusion and exclusion criteria:
– Inclusion: all publicly-funded patients (including patients who have received the treatment either by publicly- or privately-owned providers)
– Exclusion: the time elapsed from the date of referral of the general practitioner to the date of specialist assessment (in some countries, this is referred to as ‘outpatient waiting time’)
Waiting times of patients on the list includes the time elapsed for patients on the non-emergency (elective) surgery waiting list from the date they were added to the waiting list for the procedure (following specialist assessment) to a designated census date. The indicator is based on the same inclusion criteria and on following exclusion criteria:
– The time elapsed from the date of referral of the general practitioner to the date of specialist
assessment (in some countries, this is referred to as ‘outpatient waiting time’)
Breaks in the time-related continuity of data on which the calculated indicators values are based are specified in the content of dataset. There are also specified the cases were the methodology used for data collection was different or if the values are estimated.