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a transdisciplinary characterization of, and new methodology for, a multiply disadvantaged and vulnerable patient group.

Forensic psychiatry is a mental healthcare discipline for assessing and treating mentally disordered offenders - a small but vulnerable patient group with high needs in terms of healthcare and societal interventions. These patients constitute a small group in society, however, the suffering of individual patients, their relatives and victims, as well as the societal costs generated by this group, far exceeds their numbers. Recently, national reviews have deeply criticized Swedish forensic psychiatry for lack of insight and evidence-based practice. There is a pronounced lack of knowledge on dynamic characteristics that could constitute important areas for intervention, on preconditions for and implications of user involvement, as well as on feasible and effective treatment interventions. Providing an evidence-based forensic psychiatry would benefit not only the patients and others directly involved, but also society in general.

FORevidence seeks to provide a basis for the development of evidence-based practice in Swedish forensic psychiatry. It comprises four Main Aims:

  1. to determine important areas for intervention,
  2. to clarify preconditions for, importance and implications of user involvement,
  3. to develop, adapt and evaluate treatment methods for forensic psychiatry, and
  4. to initiate a national platform for transdisciplinary forensic psychiatric research in Sweden.

FORevidence employs a unique transdisciplinary approach with emphasis on diversity, user involvement, and knowledge transfer between patients, healthcare providers, general society and scientists. Its focus is on development and evaluation of new interventions including modern technology, and close collaboration between science and clinical practice. FORevidence incorporates nine research projects and a transdisciplinary research platform, all described separately.

FORevidence is financed by the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (FORTE), Dnr. 2018-01409.

Programme principal investigator: Märta Wallinius, Assoc. Prof.

Project principal investigators: Peter Andiné, Assoc. Prof.; Malin Hildebrand Karlén, PhD; Björn Hofvander, PhD; Ulrica Hörberg, Assoc. Prof.; Christian Munthe, Prof.; Thomas Nilsson, Assoc. Prof.; Mikael Rask, Assoc. Prof.

Contact Information

Centre for Ethics, Law and Mental Health, Märta Wallinius

Rågården, Hus 1, SU-Östra sjukhuset, 416 85 Göteborg

Visiting Address:
Johan Allgulins Väg 1 352 57 Växjö

Contact Information

Centrum för etik, juridik och mental hälsa; Malin Hidebrand Karlén

Rågården, Hus 1, SU-Östra sjukhuset, 416 85 Göteborg

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