OECD Reviews of Risk Management Policies

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This series presents a series of books examining the management of risk by governments in such areas as natural disasters, climate change, information security, nuclear energy, biotechnology and financial services.
OECD Reviews of Risk Management Policies: Sweden 2007

OECD Reviews of Risk Management Policies: Sweden 2007

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22 Feb 2007
9789264027077 (PDF) ;9789264027060(print)

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As the share of the population aged 65 and over grows rapidly in the next decades across most of the OECD, the number of fall-related injuries could rise dramatically, and with it, the strains on hospitals, medical services, social services and public budgets. This OECD review of risk management policies focuses on Sweden because, with the ageing of its society already at a quite advanced stage, it exemplifies many of the current and future problems that OECD countries face in addressing fall-related injuries and fatalities among the elderly. The report looks at Sweden's policies in the area of older people's safety and well-being, seeking out and identifying good practices and areas where improvements could be made. It offers lessons that other countries can also draw from. While the report underscores the importance of the management of fall accidents, it also emphasizes the more general point that multidisciplinary and forward-looking approaches to safety and risk are essential for any policy concerning older people.
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Table of Contents

Executive Summary
Chapter 1. The Strategic Approach to the Safety of the Elderly
-The Demographic Context: An Ageing Society
-Policy Making in Swede: A Decentralised Government
-The Economic Context: Public Budgets under Pressure
Chapter 2. The Legal and Regulatory Framework
-EU Policy and Regulations for the Protection of the Elderly
-Health Care
-Swedish Legislation and Regulation
-Application and Enforcement
Chapter 3. Risk and Safety Assessment
-The Information Base about Risks and Vulnerabilities
-Research and Development
Chapter 4. Prevention
-Effective Primary Prevention
-Experience Sharing
Chapter 5. Medical Care
-The Role of Medical Care in Fall Prevention
-Medication as a Risk Factor

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