National database for geriatrics
Landsdækkende database for Geriatri
Health and Performance
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Lillian Mørch Jørgensen, on leave as head of the steering committee in 2013.
Phone: (+45)3862 3462
The database was established in 1999, but during the first years, it only covered wards in the capital region. Since 2006, it covers wards throughout the entire country. In 2011, the database included 11,974 patients.
Information on all patients admitted to geriatric wards - currently 19 wards in total.
All patients aged 50+.
From 1999 to 2006, the database only covered the Capital region, but since 2006, it now covers the whole country. Data quality is dependent on how careful the different geriatric wards collect data.
50 and above
Information on all patients admitted to geriatric wards
The database focuses on functional capacity and includes the following measures: Barthel index, Body Mass Index (BMI), Timed up and go (TUG), stand up and sit down test. Furthermore, it includes a comparison of patients' measures at admission and at discharge, and how long the patients have been admitted, where they stayed before admission and where they will stay after discharge (e.g. own home, another ward, nursing home, etc.).
A yearly national report is available in Danish at www.sundhed.dk/.../4709_geriatriårsrapport2011.pdf
Strengths: The database covers all patients aged 50+ and admitted to geriatric wards.
Weaknesses: A weakness of this database is that the data quality depends on how the collection is organized at the different wards. In the documentation, there are numbers for what percentage of the patients are included in the database.
- The information about this dataset was compiled by the author:
- Chantal Nielsen
- (see Partners)