Joint Programming Initiative

More Years, Better Lives

The Potential and Challenges of Demographic Change

National database for geriatrics
Landsdækkende database for Geriatri

Health and Performance
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Country Denmark
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Contact information

Lillian Mørch Jørgensen, on leave as head of the steering committee in 2013.
Region Hovedstaden
Phone: (+45)3862 3462
Email: Lillian.moerch.joergensen

Timeliness, transparency


Type of data


Type of Study


Data gathering method

The Geriatric wards gather information about their patients and once a year they report to the database.

Access to data

Conditions of access

There are no formal agreements, but researchers can apply for access to the steering comittee.


Anonymised microdata


Data and documentation are in Danish.


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 atårsrapport2011.pdf


Barthel index, Body Mass Index (BMI), Timed up and go (TUG), stand up and sit down


Data quality

Not all of the wards measure all of the indicators on the different patients.

The 2011 figures are cross validated with 2010 figures.

Measures are repeated each year.


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)