The Swedish Childhood Obesity Treatment Register – BORIS – is a prospective register for the follow-up of children and adolescents undergoing obesity treatment.

The primary aim of the register is to ensure the quality of care and give treating units the opportunity to have a reliable follow-up of patients and their own unit’s treatment outcomes in comparison to other treating units. The secondary aim of the register is to provide data for research.

BORIS was initiated in 2005 for long-term monitoring of childhood obesity treatment in Sweden. All centers, where treatment for obesity in childhood and adolescence is offered, are required to take part in BORIS. Today, more than 100 clinics across Sweden report to BORIS. Patients and guardians are informed about the register, and approval of registration is documented in the patient’s electronic medical file. An opt-out approval is the current law and regulation in Sweden.

At the clinic, BORIS is integrated into clinical workflows and generates data in real time. Data from the register can be used in the meeting with the patient. Dynamic charts can show how the patient’s weight, height and blood pressure (BP) have changed over time.

BORIS is widely used for research purposes. BORIS has led to more than 40 peer-reviewed publications which has contributed to increased knowledge about childhood obesity, treatment approaches, comorbidities and psycho-social aspects.

BORIS is financed by The Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions.

More information about BORIS can be found in this publication.