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About the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare Guidelines

National guidelines are a support for those who make decisions concerning the allocation of resources within Health and Medical Care and Social Services. The goal of these guidelines is to contribute towards patients and clients receiving a high standard of medical care and social services.

It is a fact that society’s resources are insufficient to carry out, at the same time, all the measures required within Social Services and Health and Medical Care. For this reason, decision-makers such as politicians and agency chief executives must take a standpoint as to how the resources shall be distributed within the different areas.

National guidelines are a support for the decision-makers, helping them to allocate the resources in accordance with the needs of the population so that they achieve the maximum possible benefit. The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare bases its decision to draw up guidelines on the fact that there is a great demand for direction and guidance in the sectors of medical care and social services.

The guidelines, which are drawn up on the basis of current research and the lessons of experience, demonstrate the utility and also the risks of different measures adopted within these fields. The National Board of Health and Welfare thereby intends to strengthen the prospects of people in Sweden receiving medical care and social services of a uniformly high standard.

Contact

Karin Palm
+46 (0)75-247 36 54