Decision-making capacity and mental health law – the Norwegian experience: in conversation with Jacob Jorem

In this ‘in conversation with’, I talk to Jacob Jorem, a Norwegian psychiatrist, lawyer and researcher, about the Norwegian experience introducing decision-making capacity into (at least part of) mental health law, why the result of a process designed to reduced coercion was a very significant increase in the number of involuntary orders made, and how to assess why and how legal changes impact on practice.

Two articles explaining the Norwegian experience can be found here.

Impact of introducing capacity-based mental health legislation on the use of community treatment orders in Norway: case registry study

Increased autonomy with capacity-based mental health legislation in Norway: a qualitative study of patient experiences of having come off a community treatment order

I will also update the page when the fruits of the fascinating research Jacob is currently conducting into the Norwegian experience are published.

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