Equity in care and health

The Swedish Society of Nursings strategy for equal care and health seeks to contribute and help all nurses in all areas of activity, to work for equal care and health for the entire population.

Equity in care and health

There are unmotivated differences in the Swedish public medical service, for example between socioeconomic groups, geographic areas, sex and gender despite the fact that guidelines and documents that steer the service demand it to be equitable. Swedish care is inequitable. The differences are significant and constant and there are some considerable regional differences. The inequities are apparent even if the examples vary. Inequitable care is, for example, that men who suffer from strokes are treated at stroke units more often than women, or that women and men with low education levels die more often from myocardial infarction or stroke than those who have a high level of education.

This new strategy is based on the Swedish Society of Nursing’s first strategy concerning health promotion in nursing, published in 2008. The first strategy clarified health promotion in nursing and demonstrated how knowledge about health and health promoting activities can be used in clinical practice.

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