The unit does not have stimulation means for research, but may contribute when it comes to preparing and carrying out research projects. Please contact our head of research when such collaboration is required.
Our aim is to spread research knowledge on concurrent substance abuse and mental health disorders to the professional field in order to contribute to evidence-based practice and to improve services offered to individuals who struggle with concurrent substance abuse and mental health disorders.
Research within the advisory unit
Research is one of several tasks of the national competency services. The Advisory Unit has an important responsibility in promoting evidence-based healthcare services nationally, and research represents an important part of this. The overall aim of the unit`s research activity is to strengthen the scientific basis for interdisciplinary and non-pharmaceutical treatment, as well as collaboration and interaction for individuals with concurrent substance abuse and mental health disorders.
Our research activity is to be characterized by high quality, be well organized, and offer good working conditions, and is to be carried out in close collaboration with universities, colleges, user organizations and clinical environments, both nationally and internationally.
Research carried out by the Advisory Unit is to build upon certain important principles we aim to follow in our activities:
- Developmental work and research is to be prioritized
- Our research is to be close to clinical practice and to be useful for professionals within the field
- Our research is to be close to patients by being initiated and carried out in collaboration with user organizations
- Our research is to be broad with perspectives from medicine, psychology, humanities and social sciences
- Our research projects are to represent a wide range and may include the following: Translational research, clinical intervention studies and other clinical research, interactional research, epidemiological studies, health care services research and research on patient security and quality records
- Our research is to be rooted in the need for new knowledge in order to improve services for individuals with concurrent substance abuse and mental health disorders
Research carried out by the Advisory Unit is to be funded mainly through ordinary sources of funding for research, such as research funds available from the individual health care agencies, among other sources.
The majority of the projects are carried out in collaboration with other professional fields both in Norway and internationally.
The head of the research department is Anne Signe Landheim.