GERIATRICS IN SCANDINAVIA
Working as a Geriatrician in Sweden
In 2007, there were 664 people with specialist certificates in geriatrics in Sweden, and about 450 specialists are estimated to be working
Geriatric medicine in Sweden is a hospital specialty. Today, there are 42 independent geriatric clinics as well as divisions in internal medicine clinics in Sweden. Many of these have acute care wards for an initial investigation of elderly patients, usually with
Current healthcare studies show a growing demand for geriatricians, and there is a shortage in relation to available positions. Many geriatric clinics have an outpatient unit which is often
Working as a Geriatrician in Norway
Geriatrics in Norway also have close connections with other
Typical team members are doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists. Sometimes a speech therapist and a social worker are also included. Treatment and rehabilitation must go on concurrently. The most common geriatric conditions you will face in Norway include dementia and stroke but also heart diseases (particularly heart failure), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, arthrosis, Parkinson’s disease, osteoporosis and diabetes mellitus. Norwegian geriatric research has improved remarkably both in terms of quality and quantity over the last ten years. Three out of four Norwegian universities have professorships in geriatrics, and a number of doctoral theses have been approved.
The demographic changes going on in the Norwegian population assure that the need for geriatricians will increase steadily in the coming years as the number of geriatricians is still too low.
Working as a Geriatrician in Denmark
There is an increasing need for geriatricians in Denmark due to the population’s higher average age.
Specialist doctors in geriatrics will work