Australian Bureau of Statistics
4839.0 - Patient Experiences in Australia: Summary of Findings, 2011-12 Quality Declaration
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 23/11/2012
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If respondents sought clarification on the definition of medical specialist, interviewers were instructed to advise that medical specialists provide services which are covered, at least in part, by Medicare (e.g. dermatologists, cardiologists, neurologists and gynaecologists).
A laboratory test that includes analysis of specimens such as urine and blood in order to diagnose disease.
The Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) (cat. no. 1216.0) is used by the ABS for the collection and dissemination of geographically classified statistics. The classification divides Australia into six broad regions called Remoteness Areas. The ASGC Remoteness classification was developed by the ABS in response to a demand for a statistical geography that allows quantitative comparisons between 'city' and 'country' Australia, where the defining difference between 'city' and 'country' is physical remoteness from goods and services.
Self-assessed health status
A person's impression of their own health against a five point scale from excellent through to poor.
Differences between population estimates are said to be statistically significant when it can be stated with 95% confidence that there is a real difference between the populations (see paragraph 13 of the Technical Note for more information).
Urgent dental care
The term 'urgent' was left to the respondent's interpretation. If the respondent sought clarification, interviewers were instructed to include dental health issues that arose suddenly and were serious (e.g. severe dental pain, bleeding or swelling of the mouth), and to exclude regular dental check-ups.
Urgent medical care
The term 'urgent' was left to the respondent's interpretation. If the respondent sought clarification, interviewers were instructed to include health issues that arose suddenly and were serious (e.g. fever, headache, vomiting, unexplained rash), and that seeing a GP to get a medical certificate for work would not be considered urgent.
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