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Term: Level of Care (LOC) - In Hospital

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2013-10-04


Level of care is a classification for hospitalizations according to type of care received (Fransoo et al., 2013). In Manitoba, the level of care is collected in the Hospital Discharge Abstract data as a one-digit code, using the following codes and descriptions:

    0 - Acute Care, adult and child,
    1 - Day Surgery, adult and child,
    2 - Rehabilitative Care,
    3 - Chronic Care (Riverview Health Centre and Deer Lodge Centre only),
    4 - Personal Care Home (PCH (nursing home)
    5 - Psychiatric Facilities,
    6 - Acute Care, paediatric (Winnipeg Children's Hospital only),
    7 - Day Surgery, paediatric (Winnipeg Children's Hospital only), and
    8 - Ambulatory care (Emergency department and outpatient department), and
    9 - Provincially defined (includes clinics, Grace Hospital, Hospice Unit).
NOTE: Level of care is collected as the second digit in the "Institution Number", "Institution From" and "Institution To" variables (Canadian Institute for Health Information, 2004).

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  • Canadian Institute for Health Information. DAD Abstracting Manual Province-Specific Information for Manitoba 2004-2005 Edition . Ottawa, ON: Canadian Institute for Health Information, 2004.(View)
  • Fransoo R, Martens P, The Need to Know Team, Prior H, Burchill C, Koseva I, Rajotte L. Who is in our Hospitals.and why? Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, 2013. [Report] [Summary] [Additional Materials] (View)

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