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What do we know? Limitations of the two methods most commonly used to estimate the length of the prospective wait.

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Armstrong, PW
Published in: Health Serv Manage Res
February 2009

Health service researchers, policy analysts and other commentators have overlooked the limitations of existing approaches to the estimation of waiting times. If urgent cases are given priority, there are no instances when census-based data can supply accurate estimates of the length of the prospective wait. But there are three occasions when event-based data supply accurate estimates of the prospective wait of those who chose to enrol and we can predict the direction of error when the relevant conditions are violated if we know whether the list was open or closed, and whether it grew in size or shrank. Without this additional information, we cannot determine whether the changes we observe over time or the differences we see between one list and the next are spurious or not. The period life-table provides a timely and bias-free alternative to the existing cross-sectional approaches for a modest increase in the complexity of calculation.

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Published In

Health Serv Manage Res

DOI

ISSN

0951-4848

Publication Date

February 2009

Volume

22

Issue

1

Start / End Page

8 / 16

Location

England

Related Subject Headings

  • Waiting Lists
  • United Kingdom
  • State Medicine
  • Research
  • Life Tables
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Health Policy & Services
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Censuses
  • Bias
 

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Armstrong, P. W. (2009). What do we know? Limitations of the two methods most commonly used to estimate the length of the prospective wait. Health Serv Manage Res, 22(1), 8–16. https://doi.org/10.1258/hsmr.2008.008014
Armstrong, Paul W. “What do we know? Limitations of the two methods most commonly used to estimate the length of the prospective wait.Health Serv Manage Res 22, no. 1 (February 2009): 8–16. https://doi.org/10.1258/hsmr.2008.008014.
Armstrong, Paul W. “What do we know? Limitations of the two methods most commonly used to estimate the length of the prospective wait.Health Serv Manage Res, vol. 22, no. 1, Feb. 2009, pp. 8–16. Pubmed, doi:10.1258/hsmr.2008.008014.
Journal cover image

Published In

Health Serv Manage Res

DOI

ISSN

0951-4848

Publication Date

February 2009

Volume

22

Issue

1

Start / End Page

8 / 16

Location

England

Related Subject Headings

  • Waiting Lists
  • United Kingdom
  • State Medicine
  • Research
  • Life Tables
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Health Policy & Services
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Censuses
  • Bias