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Interpretation Note

Results for the 2020/21 and 2021/22 fiscal years should be interpreted with caution as the COVID-19 pandemic may have affected hospital admissions and emergency department visits.

Emergency Department Visits By Home Care Patients In 30 Days After Leaving Hospital

This is the percentage of new publicly funded home care patients, of all ages, who had an unplanned emergency department visit in 30 days after leaving hospital. A lower percentage of patients is better. Timely follow-up after hospital discharge can help prevent the return of home care patients to the emergency department.

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of patients visited the emergency department in 30 days after leaving hospital

Learn why some data is not available.

Compare results across regions:

Region Percent
Ontario 27.1
Mississauga Halton 22.3
Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant 23.5
Central West 25.2
Central 26.4
Erie St Clair 26.5
Toronto Central 26.8
Waterloo Wellington 27.2
Central East 27.3
South East 27.4
North Simcoe Muskoka 29.4
Champlain 29.6
South West 30.1
North East 32.1
North West 34.4

Percentage of new patients receiving publicly funded home care who had an unplanned emergency department visit within 30 days of leaving hospital, among those referred to home care from hospital or within 7 days of discharge, in Ontario, 2012/13 to 2021/22
2012/132013/142014/152015/162016/172017/182018/192019/202020/212021/220102030405026.726.726.926.926.926.927.627.627.527.526.926.927.027.027.327.326.526.527.127.1Fiscal YearPercent
2012/13 26.73302687819
2013/14 26.85906632822
2014/15 26.93806465658
2015/16 27.593132491092
2016/17 27.484847858015
2017/18 26.938177144521
2018/19 27.038254266351
2019/20 27.313303950925
2020/21 26.479015462291
2021/22 27.087248651902


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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