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Danish National Clinical Quality Database for Births


Primary variables

Apgar score

Birth data

Birth type

Birth type


Child's CPR No.

Elective/acute Caesarean

Fetal age

First birth

Instrumental delivery

Live/dead birth

Mother's CPR No.

Multiple birth

Rupture grading

Single births

Vaginal birth


The Danish National Clinical Quality Database for Births (DKF) is a national clinical quality database containing data about the interdisciplinary services provided to women receiving assistance in birthing in a hospital - and in time also home births. The purpose of DKF is to promote and ensure uniform, evidence-based treatment and care associated with births in Denmark.

Data is reported via maternity departments' patient administration systems to the National Patient Register by way of SKS codes and cross-batched with data from the Birth Register and the CPR Register.

All maternity departments in Denmark have been covered since 1 September, 2010 by mandatory data reporting to DKF. They have also been required since 2014 to report data on ultrasound scans in pregnancy via local Astraia servers.

More details

Nationwide clinical quality database
Clinical quality

Collection Period

Collection Period
The population basically includes all births in Denmark, including intended vaginal birth and elective caesarean section. Only relevant sub-populations are determined for specific indicators
Database Categories

Application requirements

The Regional Clinical Quality Databases

Data about clinical quality are collected with the purpose of monitoring and raising the quality of patient treatment in the Danish health-care system. These data can, as well as all other public registers, be made accessible for research projects based on systematic protocols and approved according to the relevant legislations.

Applying for access to data from a regional clinical database requires a list of demands to be obtained. A project description should be attached containing a description of the project explaining the rationale, purpose, methods, budget, publication plan etc.

Furthermore, The Danish Data Protection Agency must approve the project.

Application process

  • Apply via research access (Danish: forskeradgang), an online application system
  • Submit the protocol to The Danish Clinical Registries (RKKP)
  • RKKP registers the application
  • The application is forwarded to the relevant clinical database
  • Potential dialog about adjustment to the protocol
  • Approval and extradition of data (expected 6 months after application)



The Regional clinical quality databases subject to rules for treatment of personal data, that should secure high quality of patient treatment in Denmark. These legislations include The Act on Processing of Personal Data (Danish: Persondataloven) and The Danish Act of Health (Danish: Sundhedloven). These legislations ensure that data access is limited to relevant purposes.

Contact information

Data owner
Central Denmark Region
Contact data owner
Regionshuset Viborg
Skottenborg 26
8800 Viborg 
Website - data owner
Data administrator
The Danish Clinical Registries (RKKP)
Contact data administrator
Esra Öztoprak
T: 21 68 69 88
Website - data administratorødsler