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Abstract

Contains data on hospital outpatient waiting times for 1st outpatient appointments following GP referral.

Main Topics/Subject Category
Waiting times, outpatient appointments
Variables

Number of patients waiting for a 1st outpatient appointment following a GP referral, number of patients not yet seen at the end of a quarter but are still waiting (weeks)

Keywords
Outpatient, referral, waiting time, GP, weeks, 18 week target, rationing, non price rationing
Identifier Variables
SHA, PCT, NHS trust, NHS foundation trust
Economic/Subject Categories
Quality, Outcomes
Area of Health System
Secondary care
Data collecting organization (s)
Department of Health
Data Type
Administrative
National/Regional
National
Coverage (date of field work)
1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Unit of Analysis
Aggregate
Sample

All NHS trusts in England

Availability
Department of Health
Conditions of Access
Free access
Link
http://www.performance.doh.gov.uk/waitingtimes/index.htm
Contact
Tel: 01132545957, Unify2@dh.gsi.gov.uk
Publications
Martin RM, et al. NHS waiting lists and evidence of national or local failure: analysis of health service data. BMJ 2003; 326: 188