Ontarians are spending less time in Ontario’s emergency departments and seeing emergency doctors more quickly than in previous years. In addition, the majority of people in Ontario appear satisfied with the emergency care they receive.
Despite these successes, emergency departments are under a great deal of pressure. Titled, Under Pressure: Emergency Department Performance in Ontario, this Health Quality Ontario report shows that:
- Growth in emergency department visits is outpacing population growth
- Visits by older patients – who tend to require more complex care – are increasing overall
- Emergency department patients are becoming collectively sicker
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To learn more about emergency department performance in Ontario:
If you have a question about Under Pressure, or other ways we report on health system performance in Ontario, please email us at SystemPerformance@HQOntario.ca.
Under pressure technical appendix
Find additional data and details in the Technical Appendix.
The emergency department return visit quality program
Learn more about a new initiative focused on improving the quality of care in Ontario’s emergency departments.
Read the guidance material
Hospital Patient Safety Performance
Review the 10 quality indicators Health Quality Ontario currently reports on to measure hospital care in Ontario.