National wait times database needed

Howell, Elizabeth
January 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;1/15/2008, Vol. 178 Issue 2, p139
Academic Journal
The article reports on the issues concerning the national wait times databases in medical care systems in Canada. According to the author, there appears to be very little methodologic rigour in data collection, which making it all impossible to accurately compare wait times between provinces. Senior scientist Jack Tu at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences states that a national collection system is fundamental in terms of managing good wait lists. In connection, the Canada Health Infoway is established to collect electronic health records that would be an ideal place to house such as system. INSET: Ask and ye shall be included.


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