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[National health resources for highly specialised medicine].

  • Academic Journal
  • Bratlid D; Det medisinske fakultet, Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet, 7006 Trondheim.
    Rasmussen K
  • Tidsskrift for den Norske laegeforening : tidsskrift for praktisk medicin, ny raekke [Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen] 2005 Nov 03; Vol. 125 (21), pp. 2976-9.
  • Norwegian
  • Background: In order to monitor quality and efficiency in the use of health resources for highly specialised medicine, a National Professional Council has since 1990 advised the Norwegian health authorities on the establishing and localisation of such services.
    Materials and Method: A comprehensive review of both the quality, economy and the geographical distribution of patients in each specialised service has been carried out.
    Results: 33 defined national programmes were centralised to one hospital only and distributed among seven university hospitals. Eight multiregional programmes were centralised to two hospitals only and included four university hospitals. In 2001, a total of 2711 new patients were treated in these programmes. The system seems to have secured a sufficient patient flow to each programme so as to maintain quality. However, a geographically skewed distribution of patients was noted, particularly in some of the national programmes.
    Interpretation: In a small country like Norway, with 4.5 million inhabitants, a centralised monitoring of highly specialised medicine seems both rational and successful. By the same logic, however, international cooperation should probably be sought for the smallest patient groups.
Additional Information
Nasjonal styring av h√łyspesialiserte medisinske tjenester.
Publisher: Norske Laegeforening Country of Publication: Norway NLM ID: 0413423 Publication Model: Print Cited Medium: Internet ISSN: 0807-7096 (Electronic) Linking ISSN: 00292001 NLM ISO Abbreviation: Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen Subsets: MEDLINE
Publication: Oslo : Norske Laegeforening
Original Publication: Chistiania : Alb. Cammermeyer, 1880-
Date Created: 20051109 Date Completed: 20051128 Latest Revision: 20091119

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