Profile of hospitalized users
The Institute mainly serves the population of central and eastern Quebec, namely the Capitale-Nationale, Chaudière-Appalaches, Mauricie, Centre-du-Québec, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean and Côte-Nord regions. The Institute also serves certain clienteles from northern New Brunswick. The breakdown of hospitalized clients by health region reflects the establishment’s supraregional mandate. In 2015-2016, 52.1 % of clients came from Greater Quebec City and 47.9 % from outside the region.
Hospitalizations have fallen by 5.95 % in relation to the previous year. The Institute had 14 582* hospitalizations for an average length of stay (ALOS) of 6.5 days, compared with 15,504* in 2014-2015 for an ALOS of 6.4 days. As in previous years, cardiology and respirology accounted for the bulk of clients (65 % and 17 %, respectively). The other specialties accounted for 18% of hospitalized clients, including 4 % for obesity-related diseases.
The breakdown by age group shows that users in the 45 to 64 age group make up the majority of clients (31,9 %), followed closely by users in the 75 and over age group (31.8 % of total hospitalized clients). The ambulatory care units offer a range of services in the Institute’s three main areas of specialization—cardiology, respirology and obesity surgery—and in specialty areas such as internal medicine and curative dental services. Patient visits and care days for the ambulatory care units numbered 119,186 for 40,751 users, an increase of 7 % in relation to the 111,548 visits for 38,093 users in 2014-2015.
*Users who left the establishment between April 1, 2015 and March 31, 2016