The Nordic COPD Index is an effort to analyse and compare how COPD is prevented, diagnosed and treated in the 20 healthcare regions of the four Nordic countries Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, with the focus on COPD in primary care. COPD is a major, chronic disease affecting (among others) a very large share of people with a significant history of cigarette smoking. It is therefore essential that good COPD care is available where most easily accessed by patients.
Southern and Western Sweden came out joint first when a comparison of COPD in the Nordic countries was carried out for the first time. The various regions of the countries have been compared with each other using 25 indicators divided into structure quality, process quality, results and accessibility. Southern Finland was in third place. The Western and South-eastern regions of Norway scored the lowest points.
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