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Elderly - Indicators

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Elderly - Indicators

Last updated: 12-06-2020

The purpose of these statistics is to display the quality level of municipal services in the elderly care. The statistics are a part of a cross-public cooperation, intended to ensure coherent documentation of important areas of municipal service, as well as to increase the comparability of the services provided in the different municipalities. The statistics are used to determine impact targets, frameworks and results requirements for key management initiatives and are comparable from 2008 onwards. Statistics Denmark is responsible for the composition and publication of the statistics.

Statistical presentation

The statistic is an annual survey including a number of national impact- and background indicators which document and describe the quality of the municipal effort at the elderly area. The indicators consist of referral and provided home care, home nursing, exercise services, rehabilitation, preventative home visits as well as clinical pathways and readmissions . Primarily, the indicators are targeted at the elderly area, however home care, exercise services, home nursing as well as nursing homes also include data for citizens under 67 years.

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Statistical processing

Before publishing data from the municipalities' EOJ system (electronic care journal), tables and figures are developed, which all municipalities are asked to approve. After the approval, Statistics Denmark detects for data errors as missing numbers, abnormal values and etc.

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The authorities and public institutions and the population use the indicators for analysis, research, debate, etc. Annually, the statistics and developments in method etc. are presented in Statistics Denmark's two committees for users: Regions and Municipalities as well as Welfare Statistics The focus is to ensure more valid documentation at the elderly area. This is achieved by retrieving the information directly from the municipalities' care systems (EOJ), which is constantly updated as a part of the municipalities' case management.

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Accuracy and reliability

For home care, nursing homes, free choice of dwelling, preventative home visits and training, a total census has been used, but not all municipalities approve data each year. The User Satisfaction Survey is a sample survey.

Clinical pathways and readmissions: There is no sample uncertainty as it is a total count.

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Timeliness and punctuality

The statistics are published as pre-advertised. The statistics are released approximately 7 months after the reference period has ended.

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  • In general for home care, free choice of dwelling, preventative home visits, training and rehabilitation: Every fifth year the municipalities’ care systems must be invited to tender. For some municipalities this results in a change in the IT-supplier, which will give minor data breaks. Currently there are 4 suppliers on the market. Clinical pathways and readmissions: No corrections for the degree of difficulty of the diseases have been made, meaning that comparison between the municipalities has to be done carefully.

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Accessibility and clarity

The statistics are published in News from Statistics Denmark under the topic 'Living conditions'. The figures are published in the StatBank Social benefits for the elderly. See more on the topic page for the Elderly Area.

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