Benchmarks for treatment and wait time in
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Cataract

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Benchmark

Within 16 weeks (112 days) The pan-Canadian benchmark specifies surgery within 16 weeks (112 days) for patients who are at high risk. There is not yet consensus on a definition of "high risk," so the benchmark is applied across all priority levels.

Timeframe

April 1 to September 30

Definition, Population, Exceptions

Population

Age 18 and older * Includes first eye only; bilateral cataract removal counts as a single wait * Includes all priority levels * Excludes emergency cases * Excludes days when patient was unavailable

Definition

The number of days a patient waited, from the booking date to the date the patient received cataract surgery. Booking date is when the patient and the appropriate physician agree to a service, and the patient is ready to receive it.

Exceptions

No Exceptions

Proportion of Patients Receiving Care within Benchmark (112 Days)

64%

50% of patients are treated within

87Days

90% of patients are treated within

224Days

Trend over Time

20082009201020112012201320142015

Number of patients treated

(April 1 – Sept 30)

8662

9148

8453

10301

10557

10514

11348

11145

50/90th Percentile

Benchmark 112 Days

70
199
88
270
118
331
88
275
78
209
79
212
73
202
87
224

% Meeting Benchmark

71
61
48
59
69
66
71
64