CEPI in English
Centre for Evidence-based Psychosocial Interventions, CEPI
Centre for Evidence-based Psychosocial Interventions, CEPI,
Our research is interdisciplinary and focuses on subjects such as living conditions, support and care initiatives as well as policy and implementation. Through our research, we want to contribute to effective health care and support for persons who experience mental health problems to facilitate a meaningful life in the community. Our research regards focus on participation with an emphasis on social inclusion. This is made visible both in the choice of research questions and in our way of planning, implementing, and communicating our research. Furthermore, we want our research to have practical relevance, which is why we build practice research networks where users, staff and managers partake.
Historically, we have been particularly interested in the development and implementation of evidence-based psychosocial interventions important for the individual's personal recovery. Currently we increasingly focus on the lived experience perspective on recovery and profile ourselves as a research network with extensive research knowledge of user influence and strategies of how to enhance user involvement and co-production in research. We also take an interest in how the environment can promote and hinder social inclusion and participation, such as negative attitudes and stigma towards mentally ill persons, for example. Digital solutions are also part of how the environment may facilitate user involvement and participation.
The CEPI management, chancellery, and communication function is placed at Lund University. A steering committee of eight researchers from a number of Swedish universities enjoy meeting up four times annually and come together with the larger CEPI network twice a year, a network consisting of over 50 people. This larger network group consists of researchers, many of whom are clinically active, some have own lived experience of mental health problems or as a family caregiver. The network also involves user organizations from different national regions.
Our activities mainly consist of research funded through grants from research councils. We also engage in assignments with authorities such as Swedish Public Health Authority, Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare, Swedish Agency for Health Technology Assessment and Assessment of Social Services, Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions. However, the most prominent characteristic of the CEPI network is that we really enjoy each other’s company.
CEPI started in 2007 and was funded by the government, whereas today we are externally funded by research grants.
Other aims and tasks within the field are to:
• Initiate and maintain a national network of researchers
• Promote dissemination of research
• Be a source of information for users, staff and researchers
• Promote an international exchange and collaboration in scientific studies
• Arrange seminars and national conferences
• Support education and further training of mental health users and staff
• Initiate and participate in implementation of interventions
• Have a user orientation in research and implementation issues