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Table 1 Ambulant home care services and general practices in six Norwegian municipalities (A-F) introducing PaTH

From: Implementing a care pathway for elderly patients, a comparative qualitative process evaluation in primary care

Information about the municipalities A B C D E F
City Rural area Small town Rural area Rural area Rural area
Inhabitants 180 000 6000 11 000 4000 7000 10 000
Home care recipients 1 3000 160 350 170 300 200
Home care units 2 12 1 1 1 1 1
Home care managers 3 12 1 1 1 1 1
Head nurses 4 12 1 2 1 5 3
Regular staff 5 337 24 42 29 53 28
General practices 38 1 2 1 2 2
General practitioners (GPs) 6 140 6 8 4 6 7
  1. 1Persons who receive health and social care because of reduced functional level. Care may be provided several times a day and at night in their own homes.
  2. 2Every municipality has one or more home care units, which are divided in teams serving the population in a geographical area.
  3. 3Responsible for economy, personnel and quality in home care services.
  4. 4Responsible for daily professional activities, including guidance and supervision of staff.
  5. 5Includes nurses and nursing assistants. The numbers refer to full-time equivalents.
  6. 6Medical services to home-dwelling inhabitants are delivered by GPs who usually work in group practices. GPs operate independently of the home care services. Due to the inhabitants’ right of free choice of a regular GP, the GPs may have patients in common with all home care units in the municipality where they work and also in home care units in neighbouring municipalities.