Ongoing projects

Eating disorders and recovery

Project manager: Juni Raak Høiseth

Project team member: Annika Alexandersen

KBT and ROS – Rådgivning om spiseforstyrrelser [Advice on eating disorders] work together on the project “Eating disorders and recovery”, where we look into  what people who previously have been treated for eating disorders felt were their needs before, during and after treatment. Gaining these experiences can help raise awareness about what’s important to focus on when recovering from an eating disorder. The results will be presented in an information leaflet that can be read by both healthcare professionals, service users and relatives.

Till now, 21 former patients have been interviewed and we are in the process of completing the booklet that will be launched by the end of 2017.

The project is funded by Extrastiftelsen.


My voice matters

Project manager: Juni Raak Høiseth

Project team members: Christina Kildal, Pernille Letrud, Ida Therese Håverstein, Johanne Bakken Moe and Ida-Michelle Pedersen.

My voice matters is a three-year development project with children and youth as a target group. The project is based on User Interviews User as a methodology where former service users interview current users of a service. In this project we have young people/ young adults as project team members who themselves have experience with the use of mental healthcare services. In the fall of 2017, we will evaluate the outpatient offer to service users between the ages of 12 and 18 at the Children’s and Young People’s Psychiatric Out-Patient Clinic of Levanger Hospital.

Over three years, we will make use of this method for other target groups and services in the field of specialist healthcare services and various municipal services.

The project is funded by Extrastiftelsen.


Canada-Norway Research Collaboration on Operationalizing Experience-Drive Innovation through Integration of Peer Support in Health Systems

Project managers: Dr. Gillian Muvale and Karl Johan Johansen

Research team members: Fiona Wilson, Dr. Ken Deal, Dr. Nick Kates, Shaleen Jones, Dr. Ian Arnold, Dr. Chuck Cunningham, Lee Purins, Anne Ruth Benschop and Ingvild Musdalslien Kvisle

Steering committee members: John Lee, Deborrah Sherman, Stella Ducklow, Frances Jewell, Patrick Mitchell, Eduardo Castro, Dagfinn Bjørgen, Torbjorn Mohn-haugen, Astrid Weber, Juni Høiseth and Ottar Ness

We propose conducting an exploratory policy case study45 where the case is defined as the integration of formalized/intentional peer support services within clinical services located in hospital, primary care and community settings. Formalized/intentional peer support refers to peer support services (either group or one-to-one) focusing on issues such as education, employment, mental health systems navigation, systemic/individual advocacy, supported housing, food security, internet, transportation, recovery education, and antidiscrimination work.29 We will examine two sub-cases: peer support in Norway and in Ontario, Canada. These jurisdictions were selected because they are comparable in terms of socioeconomic development, embrace a recovery orientation, and are actively seeking to expand peer support in mental health service delivery, yet differ in important contextual factors, such as the policy climate and levers adopted to support implementation. Our data sources will include key informant interviews, surveys and published academic and grey literature. We will purposively sample the most common approaches to engagement of PSPs in adult mental health settings.

In Ontario, our recruitment strategy will focus on St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton’s (SJHH) inpatient, Assertive Community Treatment Teams (ACTT) and outpatient clinic programs. In Norway, we will identify organizations that offer similar programs, including St. Olav’s Hospital Trondheim. Using a combination of focus groups and individual interviews, we will engage PSPs (6-10 in Canada and 4-6 in Norway), and individuals and families receiving peer support (6-10 in Canada and 4-6 in Norway), 5-10 front line staff (e.g. 2 psychiatrists, nursing, allied health professionals) and supervisors associated with each program1. We will also conduct individual interviews with 2-3 policy makers in each jurisdiction (e.g. in Canada the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network) (Table 1). We will tailor the focus group and interview guides to capture the perspectives of each participant type, but will explore common topics including: experience of providing/receiving peer support, barriers and facilitators to effective integration of PSPs46 (e.g. regulatory, funding, payment, organizational policies, team climate, information sharing, peer support and service delivery model) and change management approaches and implementation frameworks adopted. The survey (approx. 30 participants per sub-case) will focus on the influence of team climate on integration and functioning of PSPs.

User Interviews User in Malvik and Melhus

Project manager: Heidi Westerlund

In the municipalities of Malvik and Melhus, User Interviews User evaluations were initiated in 2015. Approximately 30 service users from each of the municipalities where interviewed in the project. In the late fall of 2015, there was also started a project that aimed at service innovation and interaction between service providers and service users in Melhus. The project included the development of new approaches within what we have chosen to call a “User driven innovation process” with peer panel and innovation workshops.

Read more about the projects (only written in Norwegian):

Substance abuse and mental health,  Malvik Kommune

Dialoque conference in Melhus.

Innovation in Melhus.


Partnership with Trondheim municipality

Project manager: Dagfinn Bjørgen

Project team members: Karl Johan Johansen og Ingvild M. Kvisle

Trondheim municipality and KBT agree to develop user involvement in services. We aim to accomplish the following:

  1. UIU for the mental health and substance abuse services in Trondheim municipality
  2. Strenghtening the user participation through the establishment of a peer panel
  3. New project related to Peer Support Specialists in services, starting August 2016


Interreg – RESENS

Project manager: Karl Johan Johansen

Project team members: Dagfinn Bjørgen og Ingvild M. Kvisle

KBT participates as a partner in the Interreg project “RESENS”, where Nord University and Mid Sweden University have the leading responsibility. The collaborative project started in early 2015. KBT”s role in the project is particularly related to Oppdal and Rennebu. KBT will contribute to the practical implementation of the project, as well as attending seminars, workshops and conferences.

Read more about the collaborative project (in Norwegian):



Medication-free treatment

Project manager: Dagfinn Bjørgen

Project team members: Annika Alexandersen, Ingvild M. Kvisle og Juni Raak Høiseth

KBT has been commissioned by the regional health authorities to evaluate the medication-free treatment services. The goal is to gain experience from users of the service. We will look into whether the service has met their needs, wishes and expectations. What are good approaches, and how does the referral process, availability, treatment content and participation work in this service?

KBT wants to make a summary of the specific services established for medication-free treatment.

About Anne Benschop

Works as a project team member in KBT. Works with webpage and social media.