written by Lars Wahlström

CL Psychiatry in Sweden is underdeveloped. Swedish health care relies proportionally strong on General Hospitals but Liaison Psychiatry is still practiced on a demand emergency/urgent level in most sites. Some of the larger university hospitals have CL units, working with e g perinatal, neurological, oncological or transplantation issues. Recently initiatives have been taken regarding training of psychiatrists and nurses.  In primary care, a collaborative care model is spreading.

The Swedish Association of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry was recently re-activated and now allows membership for adjoining professionals who share a common interest in the biopsychosocial context of their patients’ needs.

We perceive a strongly growing interest for our field from commissioners, physician colleagues and psychiatrists in training; hence, our expectations are positive for the future.