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In this report, the Norwegian Board of Health compares and summarizes the findings and experience gained from various types of supervision of municipal nursing and care services during the period 2003-2004. By carrying out a broad evaluation, and by discussing fi ndings and experience gained from supervision, the Norwegian Board of Health aimed to describe the situation in municipal health and social services, and to identify potentially vulnerable areas where there is a risk that defi ciencies in provision of services may occur, from a supervision perspective. In other words, we aimed to identify areas where there is a danger that the services are not in accordance with the requirements laid down in or pursuant to laws and regulations.

The report has four parts:

  • Part I presents previously unpublished analyses of data from the national survey “Nursing and Care Services in the Municipalities, Clients, Need for Care and Provision of Care”. These analyses were carried out by the research institute Norwegian Social Research (NOVA), commissioned by the Norwegian Board of Health. Part I also presents information collected by NOVA as part of the LAG Study (Lifetime, Ageing and Generation).
  • Part II presents the Norwegian Board of Health’s evaluation of the results of  NOVA’s analyses.
  • Part III presents comparisons of the findings and experience gained from other types of supervision of services in 2003 and 2004 that are relevant for evaluating the status of municipal health and social services.
  • Part IV presents a summary and evaluation of the material presented in Parts I-III, and identifi es areas where, in the opinion of the supervision authorities, there is a risk that deficiencies in provision of services may occur.

This report is part of the activities of the Norwegian Board of Health in its work with area surveillance. Area surveillance is general supervision, involving collecting, organizing and interpreting knowledge about health and social services from a supervision perspective.