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Results for the 2020/21 fiscal year should be interpreted with caution. There were fewer emergency department visits early in the COVID-19 pandemic, which contributed to a lower rate for the indicator below in 2020/21.
This is the percentage of publicly funded home care patients, of all ages, who had an unplanned visit to the emergency department in the last 30 days of life. A lower percentage of patients is better. Unplanned visits in the last month of life, which can be an extremely difficult experience for patients, could indicate they did not receive the care they needed in the community.
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Data source: Discharge Abstract Database (DAD), National Ambulatory Care Reporting System (NACRS), Registered Persons Database (RPDB), Home Care Database (HCD), provided by the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES). For more information on the technical description, please visit the Indicator Library.
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