Patient statistics

Updated: 13 April 2021

Next update: Not yet determined

Patients in hospitals
Patients in hospitals
2020
1 921 231

Selected tables and figures from this statistics

Patients in general hospitals by gender and diagnose
Patients in general hospitals by gender and diagnose
2020
Totals, both sexesPercentage share womenPercentage share men
DIAGNOSIS
INFECTIOUS AND PARASITIC DISEASES38 2404654
NEOPLASMS190 0545446
DISEASES OF THE BLOOD AND BLOOD-FORMING ORGANS AND CERTAIN DISORDERS INVOLVING THE IMMUNE SYSTEM24 1505248
ENDOCRINE, NUTRITIONAL AND METABOLIC DISEASES131 5905446
DISEASES OF THE NERVOUS SYSTEM161 5845050
DISEASES OF THE EYE AND ADNEXA118 5775446
DISEASES OF THE EAR AND MASTOID PROCESS88 4754852
DISEASES OF THE CIRCULATORY SYSTEM202 1304357
DISEASES OF THE RESPIRATORY SYSTEM119 5694951
DISEASES OF THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM214 9585248
DISEASES OF THE SKIN AND SUBCUTANEOUS TISSUE95 8125545
DISEASES OF THE MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM AND CONNECTIVE TISSUE336 7215842
DISEASES OF THE GENITOURINARY SYSTEM188 8256535
PREGNANCY, CHILDBIRTH AND THE PUERPERIUM76 6321000
CERTAIN CONDITIONS ORIGINATING IN THE PERINATAL PERIOD10 8584456
CONGENITAL MALFORMATIONS44 4644654
SYMPTOMS, SIGNS AND ABNORMAL CLINICAL AND LABORATORY FINDINGS, NOT ELSEWHERE CLASSIFIED294 2845446
INJURY, POISONING AND CERTAIN OTHER CONSEQUENCES OF EXTERNAL CAUSES308 9794852
OTHER CAUSES AND UNSPECIFIED CAUSES588 3945941
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About the statistics

Statistics on the population's use of general hospitals; diagnoses, treatment level as inpatient stays, outpatient consultations and day treatment, distributed by geography, gender and age. Mental health care and multidisciplinary specialist substance abuse treatment are not included.

General Hospitals are hospitals that admit patients with physical disorders; as opposed to psychiatric hospitals.

In-patients: admission with an actual or planned overnight stay.

Patients with day cases: admission without an overnight stay and treatment at the out-patient clinic that is more comprehensive than an out-patient consultation.

Out-patients: short-term treatment performed in hospital.

Bed-days: is the number of days an admitted patient with in-patient stays takes up a bed.

Classification of diseases:diagnoses are encoded by ICD-10 (International Classification of Diseases). Classification ICD-10 gives information on the patient's condition, but gives little information about the treatment.

Diagnosis refers to the main condition for which the patient receives treatment.

Name: Patient statistics

Topic: Health

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Microdata, information on the sample and population are stored as text files.

Statistics on the population's use of general hospitals; diagnoses, treatment level as inpatient stays, outpatient consultations and day treatment, distributed by geography, gender and age. The statistics are compiled based on the hospitals’ reporting to the Norwegian Patient Register (NPR).

The public, health authorities and others.

No external users have access to the statistics and analyses before they are published and accessible simultaneously for all users on ssb.no at 8 am. Prior to this, a minimum of three months' advance notice is given in the Statistics Release Calendar. This is one of Statistics Norway’s key principles for ensuring that all users are treated equally.

The NPR publishes statistics based on the data from the database, https://helsedirektoratet.no/statistikk-og-analyse/statistikk-fra-norsk-pasientregister.

Statistics Act, § 3.2 (Administrative registers)

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The statistics cover all persons who are residents of Norway. Persons living in Norway temporarily are not included in the statistics.

The statistics cover activity in general hospitals. Mental health care and multidisciplinary specialist substance abuse treatment are not included.

The data source is the somatic hospitals’ reporting to the NPR. This health registry includes a selection of information recorded at the treatment site when patients are referred to or receive health care in specialist services. The register is owned by the Norwegian Directorate of Health.

If a patient has to stay at several departments at the same institution during the same admission, these stays are aggregated to one hospital stay. The statistics give an overview of the number of patients with at least one stay in a general hospital.

The NPR statistics include all people who have received treatment. Statistics Norway does not include foreign residents in these statistics. Statistics Norway excluded some units in the years before 2015, and for these years the population is not comparable to that used by the NPR.

Data are subjected to controls and an internal revision by the NPR.

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Figures cannot be published where an individual’s identity could be revealed. The statistics follow Statistics Norway’s general rules on confidentiality.

The statistics are comparable to statistics published by the NPR, and statistics on the specialist health service are supplementary.

Only persons resident in Norway and registered with a valid personal identification number are included in the statistics. There is assumed to be a degree of misreporting of diagnoses.

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