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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

Includes second eye. The start date is when the booking forms are received by the surgical booking office.

Proportion of Patients Receiving Care within Benchmark (112 Days)

78%

50% of patients are treated within

37Days

90% of patients are treated within

164Days

Trend over Time

20122013201420152016

Number of patients included in wait time calculation

(April 1 – Sept 30)

4948

5214

5291

5360

5290

50/90th Percentile

Benchmark 112 Days

33
160
25
134
30
121
34
138
37
164

% Meeting Benchmark

85
88
89
84
78