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The Hospital Utilisation Register


Primary variables





Educational level

Family type


ICD10 diagnosis code

Job function


Personal ID No.

Social services

Type of housing


The Hospital Utilisation Register (SBR) contains data on the population's hospitalisation and outpatient treatments at public somatic hospital departments and individuals' socio-economic relationships. The information concerns stationary and outpatient admissions, and the reference date is the calendar year in which the hospitalization has been completed or the outpatient visit has taken place.

The aim of the SBR is to help elucidate the interrelationship between social issues and admission to Danish hospitals.

The statistics were drawn up for the first time in 1991. Outpatient treatment was only included in the statistics from and including 2006.

The data comes from the National Patient Register (LPR) and is provided annually by the Danish Health Data Authority. Based on LPR variables, Statistics Denmark provides a number of variables, thus only found in the Hospital Use Register.

More details


Collection Period

Collection Period
The population includes hospitalization and outpatient treatment at public somatic hospital departments. Somatic treatments at private hospitals and treatments at both private and public psychiatric hospitals are not included. Emergency visits are not included either
Database Categories

Application requirements

Scientific Services at Statistics Denmark

Statistics Denmark comprises register collections, including data from 1970 till today and therefore, present a very important research potential with almost endless opportunities. Research Services at Statistics Denmark help and advices about access to data, to exploit the potential of the data in compliance with the Danish legislations.

To obtain access to data from Statistics Denmark a list of demands must be obtained. The research project must be associated to a Danish public research unit. Furthermore, The Danish Data Protection Agency (Danish: Datatilsynet) must approve the research project if data are linked to data from other authorities or registers. The applicant is responsible for payment of all the cost associated to the process.

If data from Statistics Denmark are coordinated with data from the Danish Health Data Authority, the applicant should contact the Danish Health Data Authority and inform about contact person at Statics Denmark as well as the case number, project description, extension description and approval from the Danish Health Data Authority and/or The National Committee on Health Research Ethics.

Application process

  • Contact Scientific services (FSE) at Statistics Denmark
  • Attact a short project description
  • The research project is given a case number
  • In case of coordination of data, contact The Danish Health Data Authority
  • If the application is approved by The Danish Health Data Authority, the data is sent to Statistics Denmark



As a public authority and data processor Statistics Denmark 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
Statistics Denmark
Contact data owner
Sejrøgade 11
København Ø
Website - data owner
Data administrator
Statistics Denmark
Contact data administrator
Kamilla Heurlén
T: 39 17 34 93
Website - data administrator