Journal article

The impact of public performance reporting on cancer elective surgery waiting times: a data linkage study

Khic-Houy Prang, Rachel Canaway, Marie Bismark, David Dunt, Julie A Miller, Margaret Kelaher



BACKGROUND: Excessive waiting times for cancer elective surgery are a concern in publicly funded healthcare systems. Several countries including Australia have introduced healthcare reforms involving time-based targets and public performance reporting (PPR) of hospital data. However, there is mixed evidence of their benefits. We sought to examine the impact of targets and PPR of cancer elective surgery waiting times on access to breast, bowel and lung cancer elective surgery. METHODS: We analysed routinely-collected linked data on admissions and waiting times for patients aged 15 years or over (n = 199,885) who underwent cancer surgery in a public hospital in Victoria, Australia over a 10-ye..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The research was funded by Medibank Better Health Foundation. Views expressed are those of the authors and not the funding agency. The funding agency had not role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.