Hospital bed density
Hospital bed density (per 10 000 population)
Health System Response/ Service delivery
The number of inpatient beds available relative to the total population for the same geographical area.
A national database is usually maintained. Regular updates through surveys or facility censuses are needed.
The number of inpatient beds. This includes total hospital beds (for long-term and acute care), maternity beds and pediatric beds, but not delivery beds. Public and private sectors are included. locality/ district/ province or country
The total population for the same geographical area.
Location: urban vs. rural, regions, provinces, districts; Managing authority: public, private not-for-profit, private for profit, and other (such as parastatals).
Primary data sources:
District and national databases provide the number of beds. Special efforts, notably facility censuses, are often required to obtain the number of beds in private facilities, especially if no registration system is enforced.
Alternate data sources:
Health facility census
Regular updating of the number of beds in facilities, and validation every 3-5 years through a complete census.