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Term: Need For Hospital Care

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2007-09-26


A population-based estimate of an area's need for hospital services based on population characteristics (age, gender, socio-economic status (Socio-Economic Risk Index (SERI)), and health status (Premature Mortality Rate (PMR))), and geographic location (whether it is beside a major urban centre, is rural, northern or isolated). This measure is expressed in terms of the number of hospitalizations needed per 1000 residents.

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  • Stewart D, Black C, Martens PJ, Peterson S, Friesen D. Assessing the Performance of Rural and Northern Hospitals in Manitoba: A First Look. Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, 2000. [Report] [Summary] (View)

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