The comparability of emergency department waiting time performance data

Julie Considine, Ramon Z Shaban, Marie F Gerdtz and Dianne Crellin
Med J Aust 2012; 197 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.11460
Published online: 10 December 2012

To the Editor: In their recent article on emergency department (ED) waiting time performance data, Greene and Hall1 proposed that “assigning patients to a less urgent triage category than is appropriate” is a possible explanation for observed variations in waiting time performance.

  • Julie Considine1
  • Ramon Z Shaban2
  • Marie F Gerdtz3,4
  • Dianne Crellin3,5

  • 1 Deakin University–Northern Health Clinical Partnership, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 Griffith Health Institute Research Centre for Clinical and Community Practice Innovation, Logan City, QLD.
  • 3 Melbourne School of Health Sciences (Nursing), University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 4 Emergency Department, Melbourne Health, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 5 Emergency Department, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.

Competing interests:

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