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Register of Substance Abusers in Treatment


Primary variables


Civil status



Main source of income

Municipality of residence


Primary substance

School and vocational education

Secondary substances



Type of housing


Register of Substance Abusers in Treatment (SIB) contains information recorded at the client's enrollment in treatment, why the registry is an enrollment statistic.

The data relates to a range of socioeconomic characteristics and the client's addiction pattern, i.e. the substances being used and how often and how they are taken. Data is also recorded on clients' risk behaviour and on the treatment they receive, and has been collected since 1996.

SIB is characterised by relatively good data quality although many of the variables describing the scope of treatment and its type are not available. The same applies to variables describing the risk behaviours of clients and their age at first injection.

More details


Collection Period

Collection Period
The population consists of drug addicts being treated by the municipality for their substance abuse
Database Categories

Application requirements

Scientific Services at The Danish Health Data Authority

Scientific Services (Danish: Forskerservice) at The Danish Health Data Authority is a Joint port of access to pseudo anonymized data that the Danish Health Data Authority are responsible for. Scientific Services works to support health research in Denmark, by providing access to, as well as advising on use of the National Danish health data.

Via Scientific Service researchers can obtain access to these data, either in a safe environment on the Research Mashine (Danish: Forskermaskinen) or by ordering data extractions that are delivered directly to the researcher.

To apply for access to data, a list of requirements must be obtained. A Project description and an extension description must be attached, containing information about which registries, variables, population and period that are applied for. Furthermore, the Danish Data Protection Agency (Danish: Datatilsynet) must approve the research project, and the approval should be attached to the application. If the research project includes direct contact with humans or human biological material, The National Committee on Health Research Ethics must also approve the project.

Application process

  • Use Scientific Services (Danish: Forskerservice) as application portal
  • Initial case processing
  • Preliminary approval of the permissions
  • Bidding
  • Acceptance of data access
  • Programming
  • Data access via the Research Machine (Danish: Forskermaskinen)



As a public authority and data processor The Danish Health Data Authority are subject to Danish laws for treatment of personal data, that should secure that the Danish health data are treated right. These legislations include The Act on Processing of Personal Data (Danish: Persondataloven) and The Danish Act of Health (Danish: Sundhedloven).

Contact information

Data owner
Danish Health Data Authority
Contact data owner
Ørestads Boulevard 5
2300 København S
Website - data owner
Data administrator
Danish Health Data Authority
Contact data administrator
Claudia Ranneries
T: 32 68 51 28
Website - data administrator