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OECD Reviews of Health Care Quality: Sweden 2013

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This report reviews the quality of health care in Sweden. It begins by providing an overview of the range of policies and practices aimed at supporting quality of care in Sweden (Chapter 1). It then focuses on three key areas particularly relevant to elderly populations: strengthening primary care in Sweden (Chapter 2), better assurance for quality in long-term care (Chapter 3), and improving care after hip fracture and stroke (Chapter 4). In examining these areas, this report highlights best practices and provides recommendations to improve the quality of care in Sweden.

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Primary care and care co-ordination in Sweden

Indicators of health, health care quality and long-term care for the elderly in Sweden are among the best internationally. The Swedish health care system now faces the challenge of delivering high quality, user-centered and well-co-ordinated services, while coping with the pressures common to most developing countries of an ageing population, growing prevalence of chronic disease and budgetary constraints. Primary care’s role in preventing and managing the burden of chronic disease, and in co-ordinating care across services and providers, will be critical to meeting this challenge.

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