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Forensic psychiatric assessment in European Union member states

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Dressing H, Salize HJ. Forensic psychiatric assessment in European Union member states. Objective: 

To provide a structured description and cross-boundary comparison of legal frameworks and training standards relevant for forensic psychiatric assessment in European Union member states before the extension in May 2004. Method: 

Information on legislation and practice concerning the assessment of mentally disordered offenders was gathered by means of a detailed, structured questionnaire which was filled in by national experts. Results: 

Legal frameworks for the assessment and reassessment of mentally disordered offenders and professional training standards in forensic psychiatry vary markedly across EU member states. Conclusion: 

Currently a cross-boundary harmonization of legal concepts appears hard to achieve. At least a formal construction and implementation of specialist training standards in forensic psychiatry would appear desirable.
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Keywords: European Union; forensic psychiatric assessment; forensic psychiatry; mentally disordered offenders

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2006-10-01

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