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AVERAGE LENGTH OF STAY BY IN-PATIENT AND ACUTE CARE

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Definition:
Average length of stay is computed by dividing the number of days stayed (from the date of admission in an in-patient institution) by the number of discharges (including deaths) during the year.

Context:
Some countries may include deaths and discharges (separations) as well as same day separations. Caution should be exercised when making international comparisons due to the possibility that countries may provide data for different types of institutions.

Source Publication:
OECD Health Data 2007: Statistics and Indicators for 30 Countries, OECD, Paris, 2007, Data sources, definitions and methods Paris, 2001, data sources, definitions and methods.

Statistical Theme: Health statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Thursday, July 26, 2007