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The Swedish National Forensic Psychiatric Register

During the last decade in Sweden a considerable amount of quality registries have been established for different kinds of disciplines within the Swedish National Health Service. At the moment approximately 90 quality registries has been examined and has received grants from the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions. The Swedish National Forensic Psychiatric Register (SNFPR) was established in 2008 as a tool for control of quality locally and nationally, but also to be used in research. This quality index is the only forensic psychiatry quality index of its kind in the world. It is unique because of its size, at the moment approximately 1500 patients are registered and should reflect the treatments commonly used in Sweden.

One of the aims of with the SNFPR is all patients within forensic psychiatric care shall be evaluated once a year. The information reported includes socio-demographic data, the outcome of mental health and criminal recidivism, the use of medication and different risk factors such as drug abuse. The index gives a unique opportunity to analyse and to study specific issues that are relevant for this group of patients.

The purpose of this research project is to do the first analyses and compilation of the SNFPR with the aim to get a clear view over patients sentenced to forensic psychiatric care. Patients registered in the SNFPR, have besides their psychiatric illness, committed a crime for which they are sentenced to forensic psychiatric care.

In this project we want to investigate

  1. if there is a difference between males and females,
  2. if there is a difference between patients with different psychiatric diagnoses and
  3. if patients who have committed a violent crime compared to patients with non violent crimes differ


  • in socio-demographic variables (including conditions under which they live),
  • factors related to crime,
  • psychiatric diagnosis,
  • factors related to illnesses and
  • the use of medication.

    Researcher: Alessio Degl´Innocenti

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Alessio Degl´Innocenti

Page Manager: Stefan Axelsson|Last update: 2/2/2016

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