Less than half of the patients who needed knee replacement health Inter & # 39; er received procedure for the recommended period, according to data published by the Canadian Institute of Medical Information (CIHI).
Only 47 percent of patients who are eligible to receive prosthetic knee joint in 2018 for 182 days from the date of agreement in order, the lowest in five health authorities of the province.
However, it also marked a nine per cent increase compared to 2017 when only 38 percent of patients were treated within the recommended 26-week waiting period.
Ninety percent of the patients received the procedure within 370 days after the date of the reservation in 2018.
Health Inter & # 39; er also had the lowest percentage of patients receiving hip replacement for the recommended waiting time by 51 percent.
Provincial leader of knee replacement Vancouver Coastal Health, who treated 66 percent of patients in the half-year, and 90 percent of patients for 315 days. They also completed 74 percent of hip replacements for the recommended time.
"Reducing waiting times with & # 39 is a difficult task, and we can see from the data that the increase in the number of operations carried out does not necessarily mean that patients will experience shorter wait times," says Kathleen Morris, vice president of research and analysis CIHI in a press release. "For example, Canada'm growing and aging population, as well as the increase in conditions such as osteoarthritis and obesity contributed to the growth in demand for these joint replacement procedures."
The study includes all knee replacement (primary and revision), but excludes the case of an emergency, and the days when the patient was not available.