Joint Programming Initiative

More Years, Better Lives

The Potential and Challenges of Demographic Change

The register of municipal health services and medical care to the elderly and persons with impairment
Registret över kommunal hälso- och sjukvård till äldre och personer med funktionsnedsättning

Health and Performance
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Country Sweden
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Contact information

Lina Boberg
Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare SNBHW
Rålambsvägen 3
11259 Stockholm
Phone: +46-75-247 38 57
Fax: +46-75–247 32 52
Email: lina.boberg(at)

Timeliness, transparency

Depends. Usually between 4-10 months.

Type of data


Type of Study

Cohort study

Data gathering method


Access to data

Downloaded files. This register is open to both health and social policy sectors as well as to research. Data is only available after specific application and decision of approval taken by the SNBHW.

Conditions of access

The requested information is released only after the confidentiality agreement/confidentiality clause is regulated by SNBHW. The agency will charge 960 SEK (excluding VAT) per hour for the hours spent on an order. This applies to both assessing of data security and data distribution.

From two month and more depending on temporary high number of applications.

Anonymised microdata, aggregated tables and other forms on request

SNBHW usually provides Excel, SAS, SPSS, Text, (others could be used on request).

Information on this registry is, so far, only available in Swedish, but translations could be arranged of general background information.


The registry contains data on municipal health care interventions for elderly and disabled people. It provides input to official statistics and research, and has an extent of more than 300,000 people. The purpose of the register is to provide information on health care interventions for elderly and people with disabilities who municipality is responsible under § 18 Health Act (1982:763). The registry serves as the basis for research and to official statistics published twice a year on the National Board och Health and Welfare's website.


National coverage

From 1 July 2008, the municipalities implement a continuous recording of individual data for people who receive health care for which the municipality is responsible under § 18 Health and Medical Care Act, HSL. Statistics Sweden (SCB) has been commissioned by the National Board of Health and Welfare responsible for data collection and statistical production records at the individual level.

The whole country

All ages

The personal identification number based statistics contain data on the number of older people receiving municipal health per month.

No publications in English


The International Classification of Diseases ICD is a statistical classification with diagnostic codes for grouping diseases and causes of death in order to make the limited statistical summaries and analyzes. The Swedish version is called ICD-10-SE.

Good opportunities to combine with other Swedish registries on social care and assistance for the elderly, on drug use. Also a number of registries monitored by Statistics Sweden on living conditions, work and income, social insurance etc.

Data quality

The quality of the register of municipal health services to the elderly and persons with disabilities is good. Partial non-response can be in the form of people with a stake not included in the reporting. The extent of this error is unknown. The reliability and the statistical quality of the data collected can vary between municipalities. The quality is associated with the local IT systems and how the various actions defined.

See above.

See above.


Strengths This datasets provides good opportunities to assess and follow over time the provision of medical care for older citizens which is an important background material for further predictions and calculations of needs and costs. Due to the use of personal identification numbers, it is also possible to use data from several other datasets for focused studies. Weaknesses The in-report system comprises many actors working in different ICT-context, which might have impact on the quality of data.

  • The information about this dataset was compiled by the author:
  • Kenneth Abrahamsson
  • (see Partners)