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BACKGROUND: The effective management of wait times is a top priority for Canadians. Attention to date has largely focused on wait times for adult surgery. The purpose of this study was to develop surgical wait time access targets for children. METHODS: Using nominal group techniques, expert panels reached consensus on prioritization levels for 574 diagnoses in 10 surgical disciplines for wait 1 (W1; time from primary care visit to surgical consultation) and wait 2 (W2; time from decision to operate to receipt of surgery). RESULTS: A 7-stage priority classification reflects the permissible timeframe for children to receive consultation (W1) or surgery (W2). Access targets by priority were linked to 574 diagnoses in 10 pediatric surgical subspecialties. CONCLUSION: The pediatric surgical wait time access targets are a standardized, comprehensive and consensus-based model that can be systematically applied to children's hospitals across Canada. Future research and evaluation on outcomes from this model will evaluate improved access to pediatric surgical care.

Original publication

DOI

10.1503/cjs.048409

Type

Journal article

Journal

Canadian journal of surgery. Journal canadien de chirurgie

Publication Date

04/2011

Volume

54

Pages

107 - 110

Addresses

Department of Surgery, Robert B. Salter Chair of Pediatric Surgical Research, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ont., Canada. james.wright@sickkids.ca

Keywords

Humans, Surgical Procedures, Operative, Pediatrics, Health Care Rationing, Delphi Technique, Child, Health Priorities, Waiting Lists, Referral and Consultation, Health Services Accessibility, Ontario