COST Action CA19133 – Fostering and Strengthening Approaches to Reducing Coercion in European Mental Health Services (FOSTREN)

Main responsible partner in Finland

Department of Nursing Science, University of Turku
Tella Lantta, RN, PhD
Postdoctoral researcher (Academy of Finland)
+358 50 4756068

Finnish Management Committee members
  • Dr Tella Lantta (UTU)
  • Ms Aila Vokkolainen (Niuvanniemi Hospital)
  • Dr Satu Tuovilainen (Niuvanniemi Hospital, substitute member)
  • Mr Mikko Ketola (The Hospital District of South Ostrobothnia (EPSHP)/ National network for reduced use of coercion/ National Institute for Health and Welfare of Finland, substitute member)
Action leader
  • Professor Richard Whittington PhD, CPsychol, BA, AFBPsS, PGCert, PGDip
    Centre for Research & Education in Forensic Psychiatry
    Forensic Department Brøset
    St. Olav’s Hospital
    Department of Mental Health
    Norwegian University of Science & Technology (NTNU)

FOSTREN is an Action designed to establish a sustainable, multidisciplinary network of researchers and practitioners focused on reducing the degree to which mental health services use coercion in hospital and community mental health services. Action takes place in years 2020-2024 and first meeting will be held on October 2020. Currently 18 countries are involved.

  1. to advance understanding of successful interventions to reduce coercion within an implementation science paradigm by building a stable interdisciplinary network of European researchers and practitioners
  2. to apply this understanding by articulating and communicating best practices to key stakeholders responsible for mental health service delivery
  • Networking activities organized along four themes: risk factors; alternative interventions; outcomes & recovery; and implementation science.
  • Key deliverables such as a framework for shared datasets and a coercion reduction implementation model

FOSTREN will contribute to a pan-European effort to enhance human rights for vulnerable people with mental health problems.

Full description of the COST Action

FOSTREN country blogs

COST is supported by the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020.


Finnish Country blog about coercion

Review protocol for WP4 (Implementation Science)

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