Wait times at the MUHC. I: diagnostic imaging, joint replacement, cancer care, sight restoration, cardiac care

Erickson L, McGregor M
Record ID 32006001041
Authors' objectives:

The following report is the first of a series undertaken in response to a request of the Director General of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) to determine the wait times experienced by patients in the MUHC in undergoing tests and procedures, and to identify the measures necessary to correct them where excessive.

Authors' recommendations: Although we have reported wait times in such a way that comparison can be made with commonly described benchmarks, our primary interest is to document accessibility, ie the actual delays experienced by patients. Thus, although wait times for cardiac surgery, or cataract surgery as usually defined may be satisfactorily short, the wait times experienced by the patients requiring these procedures are often far from satisfactory. Numerous bottlenecks to patient flow have been identified. Their causes differ and are often extremely complicated. In subsequent reports these bottlenecks will be examined, their causes identified, and the specific interventions necessary for their elimination will be outlined.
Authors' methods: Overview
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2006
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Canada
MeSH Terms
  • Referral and Consultation
  • Time Factors
  • Waiting Lists
Organisation Name: Technology Assessment Unit of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC)
Contact Address: Technology Assessment Unit of the MUHC, Centre for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE), Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, 5252 boul. de Maisonneuve, Bureau 3F.50, Montreal, Quebec H4A 3S5
Contact Name: nandini.dendukuri@mcgill.ca
Contact Email: nandini.dendukuri@mcgill.ca
Copyright: Technology Assessment Unit of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC)
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