About the COPD Healthcare Atlas

About the COPD Healthcare Atlas

An equitable distribution of health services is an overriding Norwegian health policy goal. The COPD Healthcare Atlas describes the variation in use of health services for persons with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease—regular GPs and emergency primary healthcare, outpatient services, emergency admissions and rehabilitation—in relation to where they live. The atlas is mainly based on data from the the KUHR register (control and payment of reimbursements to health service providers), and the Norwegian Patient Registry, and it describes health services provided to COPD patients during the period from 2013 to 2015.

The analyses have uncovered both warranted and unwarranted variation for health services, and they are thus relevant to health politicians and health sector managers, as well as to clinicians.

The healthcare atlas consists of three parts:

  1. Report - comprehensive discussion and detailed analyses

  2. Fact sheets - one-page summary of selected topics

  3. Interactive maps - the findings presented using maps