New data shows continued improvements in Canada’s health system performance

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November 30, 2016 — Updated data for a number of health system performance indicators is now available in the interactive Your Health System (YHS) web tool created by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). This online tool allows users to access an array of health system data on hospitals, long-term care (LTC) facilities and the health of Canadians across the country.

Today’s release includes updated results for important measures regarding LTC performance and emergency department (ED) visits, as well as for the Hospital Deaths (HSMR) indicator.

Highlights

  • CIHI continues to report improvements for several LTC indicators:
    • In Canada, the rate for Potentially Inappropriate Use of Antipsychotics in Long-Term Care improved from 32.5% in 2011–2012 to 23.9% in 2015–2016.
    • The Canadian average for Restraint Use in Long-Term Care continued to decline, showing an improvement from 13.4% in 2011–2012 to 7.4% in 2015–2016.
    • Results for Experiencing Pain in Long-Term Care have also decreased, improving from 12.3% in 2011–2012 to 8.5% in 2015–2016.
  • Results for the Hospital Deaths (HSMR) indicator show a 3% improvement for 2015–2016; this is compared with no improvement in 2014–2015 over the previous year. In 2015–2016, in hospitals outside of Quebec,
    • 14 hospitals had Hospital Deaths results significantly above the national average;
    • 19 hospitals had Hospital Deaths results significantly below the national average; and
    • 57 hospitals had Hospital Deaths results that were not significantly different from the national average.

As well, today’s Quick Stats release from the National Ambulatory Care Reporting System (NACRS) provides additional updated ED data — time spent in the ED by triage level, age group and other breakdowns.

Highlights from more than 11 million ED visits included in the 2015–2016 YHS and ED Quick Stats results include the following:

  • 9 out of 10 ED visits were completed in 7.6 hours or less, unchanged from 2014–2015.
  • Admitted patients continued to spend a long time in the ED; however, this improved slightly, with 9 out of 10 admitted patients spending 29.3 hours or less in 2015–2016, compared with 30.5 hours or less in 2014–2015.
  • 9 out of 10 patients visiting the ED waited 3.1 hours or less for their initial assessment with a physician, unchanged from 2014–2015. Patients visiting small hospitals continued to have shorter wait times for a physician initial assessment, with 9 out of 10 patients waiting 2.3 hours or less.

About CIHI

CIHI collects and analyzes information on health and health care in Canada and makes it publicly available. Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments created CIHI as a not-for-profit, independent organization dedicated to forging a common approach to Canadian health information. CIHI’s goal: to provide timely, accurate and comparable health information. CIHI’s data and reports inform health policies, support the effective delivery of health services and raise awareness about the factors that contribute to good health and health care.

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