Indicators for the Acute Anaphylaxis Clinical Care Standard

 A set of indicators have been developed to support monitoring of the care recommended in the Acute Anaphylaxis Clinical Care Standard. Clinicians and health service organisations can use the indicators to support local quality improvement activities.

Indicator specifications

The Commission has developed a set of indicators to support clinicians and health services to monitor how well they are implementing the care described in this clinical care standard. Clinicians and health service organisations can use the indicators to support local quality improvement activities. No benchmarks are set for any indicator.

Detailed specifications for the indicators for the Acute Anaphylaxis Clinical Care Standard are available on the Metadata Online Registry at

METeOR is an Australian web-based repository of nationally endorsed data and indicator definitions, hosted by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

Each indicator is described below and links to its specifications are provided.

List of indicators

Measuring and monitoring patient experiences

Systematic, routine monitoring of patients’ experiences of, and outcomes from, health care is an important way to ensure that the patient’s perspective drives service improvements and person-centred care. This is the case in all health services.

Patient experience measures

While this clinical care standard does not include indicators specific to measuring patient experiences, the Commission strongly encourages health services to use the Australian Hospital Patient Experience Question Set (AHPEQS). AHPEQS is a 12-question generic patient experience survey that has been validated in both day-only and admitted hospital patients across many clinical settings. 

The AHPEQS question set is available for both private and public sector health services, and has been translated into 20 languages. 

Patient-reported outcome measures

In Australia, patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) are an emerging method of assessing the quality of health care. The Commission is leading a national work program to support the consistent and routine use of PROMs to drive quality improvement.

PROMs are standardised, validated questionnaires that patients complete, without any input from healthcare providers. They are often administered at least twice to an individual patient – at baseline and again after an intervention, or at regular intervals during a chronic illness. The information contributed by patients filling out PROMs questionnaires can be used to support and monitor the movement of health systems towards person-centred, value-based health care.

PROMs are being used to evaluate healthcare effectiveness at different levels of the health system, from the individual level to service and system levels. There is growing interest across Australia and internationally in the routine interrogation of patient-reported outcome information for evaluation and decision-making activities at levels of the health system beyond the clinical consultation.

Useful resources from the Commission

Thumbnail of the Acute Anaphylaxis Clinical Care Standard HSO Fact Sheet
Publication, report or update

This document describes each of the quality statements and indicators included in the Acute Anaphylaxis Clinical Care Standard and their relevance to health service organisations.

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