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Construction of the Australian Inpatient Export Database (AIED)


Neil, AL and Gordon, MT, Construction of the Australian Inpatient Export Database (AIED), Australian Health Review, 31, (4) pp. 546-556. ISSN 0156-5788 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2007 AHHA

DOI: doi:10.1071/ah070546


Objective: To establish a database of exports by Australian acute health care institutions for the period in which exports were first promoted.

Method: Hospital morbidity data for patients resident overseas (Group A) and Medicare ineligible patients resident in Australia (Group B) were sought for the period 1983-84 to 1995-96 from each state and territory health department. Private hospital permission was obtained for the release of identifiable private hospital data.

Results: Data were coalesced into a relational database covering the period 1987-88 to 1995-96. Coding variations between and within jurisdictions over time necessitated the development of a consistent coding mechanism. Group A and Group B patients gave rise to at least 77,568 separations over the period 1987-88 to 1995-96. Of these separations 58,418 (75.3%) should have generated export income and another 10,158 separations (13.1%) were likely to have generated export income. Definite export separations not for dialysis number 52,573, and these form the AIED.

Conclusion: An Australian database of inpatient exports, the AIED, encompassing public and private hospital data has been established for the period 1987-88 to 1995-96. The problems encountered in the course of this study emphasise the desirability of maintaining an adequately resourced national repository for health statistics.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:database, exports, acute care services
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health informatics and information systems
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Evaluation of health and support services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Neil, AL (Associate Professor Amanda Neil)
ID Code:138487
Year Published:2007
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2020-04-09
Last Modified:2020-08-07

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