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ACUTE CARE HOSPITAL STAFF RATIO

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Definition:
The number of staff employed in hospitals, where the primary focus of activity is on acute care, divided by the number of available beds.

Context:
A proxy variable is the number of full-time salaried doctors, nurses and administrators (including contracted-out staff) divided by the number of available beds.

Caution should be exercised in making cross country comparisons as some countries calculate using Full Time Equivalent staff while others use headcounts.

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

Cross References:
Acute care

Statistical Theme: Health statistics

Created on Friday, July 13, 2007

Last updated on Thursday, April 25, 2013