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.



Quality of health care in Sweden

This chapter summarises the many policies and activities that are in place in Sweden to assure and improve quality of care. After describing the quality governance structure and the roles of central government, its agencies, county-councils/regions and municipalities, the chapter focuses on the assurance of the quality of professionals, pharmaceuticals and devices and health care organisations. The development and use of national guidelines and the Swedish data infrastructure is described, including the important role of registries and systematic measurement of patient experiences. Specific attention is given to measurement and improvement activities related to patient safety.


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