About the healthcare atlas Day Surgery in Norway

About the healthcare atlas Day Surgery in Norway

The healthcare atlas Day Surgery in Norway 2011–2013 was Helseatlas.no’s pilot project. The atlas, which was launched in January 2015, has attracted a lot of attention, both nationally and internationally.

The twelve most frequently performed procedures in the period 2011–2013 were analysed, excluding the field of gynaecology and obstetrics. The procedures covered include surgery for cataracts, shoulder conditions and meniscus injuries, in addition to tonsillectomies, inguinal hernia repairs and procedures for droopy eyelids. There is no known geographical variation in the prevalence of these conditions. Nevertheless, there are geographical differences as regards the proportion of the population that undergo surgical procedures for these conditions. This indicates that the distribution of these health services in the population is probably not equitable.