Orthopaedic Healthcare Atlas for Norway

The fact sheets contain a short summary of the results from the orthopaedic healthcare atlas. Each condition is described and the population’s use of health care is displayed through figures and text. Use of health care is summarized as the number of operations or admissions per 100 000 inhabitants per referral area. Variation in health care use is commented briefly. Explanations of sample definitions are given at request.

Read more: more results and analyzes can be found in the report.

Fact sheets

Hospital referral area:

A hospital referral area determines the municipalities, or city areas the Regional health authority is responsible of serving. Referral area division may vary across professions.

Area of residence In the health atlas, variation in health care use is assessed across different areas of residence. The analyses are carried out depending on in which municipality – or city area in Oslo – the patients reside. The areas of residence approximately comprise the hospital referral areas. An exception from the division is the case of Oslo, where the Lovisenberg Diaconal Hospital and Diakonhjemmet Hospital referral areas align with the Oslo University Hospital (OUS, Norwegian abbreviation) referral area. This is due to the fact that Lovisenberg Diaconal Hospital has no emergency care function or local hospital tasks in ortopaedic healthcare, like e.g. fractures. As a supplementary analysis, we have still assessed the health care use in OUS, Lovisenberg Diaconal Hospital and Diakonhjemmet Hospital – see analysis here. Health care use analysed by area of residence shows the inhabitants’ use of health services, regardless of the actual place of treatment.

An overview of the municipalities or city areas comprising which residential area can be found here: Download residential area.