Max Rady College of Medicine

Term: Waiting Time

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2001-01-15


The time between the date of a patient's last pre-operative visit to the operating surgeon (when the decision for surgery has been made) and the date of the surgery. This definition is not appropriate for patients receiving surgery for chronic conditions, as they might have several pre-op visits with the surgeon.

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  • De Coster C. Measuring and managing waiting times: what's to be done? Healthc Manage Forum 2002;15(2):46-50. [Abstract] (View)
  • De Coster C, Carriere KC, Peterson S, Walld R, MacWilliam L. Surgical Waiting Times in Manitoba. Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy and Evaluation, 1998. [Report] [Summary] (View)
  • De Coster C, MacWilliam L, Walld R. Waiting Times for Surgery Report: 1997/98 and 1998/99 Update. Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy and Evaluation, 2000. [Report] [Summary] (View)

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