Georg Høyer

Universitetet i Tromsø, Tromsø, Troms, Norway

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  • Georg Høyer
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    ABSTRACT: Forfatteren er cand. med. og forskningsstipendiat NAVF, og har siden 1979 vart tilknyttet sosialpsykiatrisk seksjon ved Institutt for Samfunnsmedisin, Universitetet i Tromso. For tiden arbeider han med et større prosjekt angående grunnlaget for retensjon i psykiatriske institusjoner og rettssikkerhetsproblemer knyttet til slik retensjon. Artikkelen tar opp psykisk sykdom og ansvarlighet for kriminelle handlinger i et historisk perspektiv. Det biir gitt eksempler fra straffesaker i gammel tid der tiltalte på grunn av sinnslidelse ble unndratt ordinaer straff. Den skjebne disse sinnslidende lovovertrederene fikk, blir drøftet. Videre blir utviklingen av det rettspsykiatriske system vi har i Norge i dag beskrevet. Det blir lagt saerlig vekt på de faglige forutsetningene innen psykiatrien og kriminologien, som rundt siste århundreskifte lå til grunn for den vesentlige reform som den gang fant sted i strafferettspleien overfor sinnslidende lovbrytere. Artikkelen hevder det synspunkt at etter denne reformen ble rettspsykiaterens bidrag i retten nødvendig for å legitimere uforholdsmessig lange frihetsberøvelser av sinnslidende. Viktige sider ved de planlagte endringer i særreaksjonene overfor sinnslidende lovovertrede i Norge tas opp i dette perspektivet, og de konsekvensene endringsforslaget har for psykiatrien nevnes.
    07/2009; 39(1):13-21.
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    ABSTRACT: Civil commitment rates to psychiatric hospitals in Norway are among the highest in Europe. However, published rates are based on registry data of uncertain quality. Civil commitment at four psychiatric hospitals were examined and the quality of registry data assessed. We examined 2043 admissions, recorded the duration of deprivation of liberty and calculated incidence rates for civil commitment. The overall study generated incidence rate for civil commitment based on "involuntary referrals", "treatment periods" and persons involved were 259, 209 and 186 per 100,000 adults/year, respectively. For patients admitted for involuntary observation only, the mean duration of deprivation of liberty was 8.5 days, compared with 34.3 days for those admitted for long-term detention, representing 37.8% and 86.6% of the total inpatient period, respectively. The submitted records to the Norwegian Patient Registry (NPR) were incomplete and had missing information at two of the four hospitals. Moreover, when official civil commitment rates based on the NPR data were computed, almost 30% of all admissions were routinely excluded. Civil commitment in this study was higher than corresponding figures based on registry data. In general, civil commitment rates as reported by the NPR seem to be an underestimate.
    Nordic journal of psychiatry 03/2009; 63(4):301-7. · 0.99 Impact Factor
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    BMC Psychiatry 01/2007; · 2.23 Impact Factor
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    BMC Psychiatry 01/2007; · 2.23 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: International variation in compulsory admissions to psychiatric care has mainly been studied in terms of civil commitment rates. The objectives of this study were to compare and analyse the levels of perceived coercion at admission to psychiatric in-patient care among the Nordic countries and between centres within these countries, in relation to legal prerequisites and clinical practice. From one to four centres each in Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Finland and Sweden, a total of 426 legally committed and 494 formally voluntarily admitted patients were interviewed within 5 days from admission. The proportion of committed patients reporting high levels of perceived coercion varied among countries (from 49% in Norway to 100% in Iceland), and in Sweden, only, among centres (from 29 to 90%). No clear variations in this respect were found among voluntary patients. A wide concept of coercion in the Civil Commitment Act and no legal possibility of detention of voluntary patients were associated to low levels of perceived coercion at admission among committed patients. For committed patients, differences in national legal prerequisites among countries were reflected in differences in perceived coercion. The results from Sweden also indicate that local care traditions may account for variation among centres within countries.
    Social Psychiatry 04/2006; 41(3):241-7. · 2.05 Impact Factor
  • European Psychiatry 05/2002; 17:89-89. · 3.29 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Several studies suggest that the patient's experience of being coerced, during the admission process to mental hospitals, does not necessarily correspond with their legal status. Rather, perceived coercion appears to be associated with having experienced force and/or threats (negative pressures), as well as feeling that their views were not taken into consideration in the admission process (process exclusion). We investigated perceived coercion, among patients admitted both voluntarily and involuntarily, to acute wards in Norway. We used a visual analogue scale (the Coercion Ladder, CL) and the MacArthur Perceived Coercion Scale (MPCS), a five-item questionnaire, to measure perceived coercion. Two hundred and twenty-three consecutively admitted patients to four acute wards were included and interviewed within 5 days of admission. Many patients reported high levels of perceived coercion in the admission process, with the involuntary group experiencing significantly higher levels than the voluntary group. However, 32% of voluntarily admitted patients perceived high levels, and 41% of involuntarily admitted patients perceived low levels of coercion. Legal status did not significantly predict perceived coercion on either the MPCS or the CL after taking negative pressures and process exclusion into account. Applying a visual analogue scale (CL) seems to provide a useful measure of patients' perception of coercion and one that largely parallels the MPCS.
    Nordic Journal of Psychiatry 02/2002; 56(6):433-9. · 1.22 Impact Factor
  • European Psychiatry 01/2002; 17:88-89. · 3.29 Impact Factor
  • European Psychiatry - EUR PSYCHIAT. 01/2002; 17:88-88.
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    ABSTRACT: To explore and compare the one year prevalence of self-reported depression in two ethnically different populations. A cross-sectional study of each population (1988-89 and 1993). Norwegians living in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, and Russians living in Barentsburg and Pyramiden, Svalbard, both representing the world's two northern most regularly inhabited settlements. 506 Norwegians (327 men and 179 women) and 446 Russians (314 men and 132 women), all 18 years or older, living on Svalbard. Among Russians, the one year prevalence of self-reported depression lasting for at least 2 weeks was 26.8% for men and 44.7% for women. Corresponding figures for the Norwegians were 10.7 and 15.6%. For the period with polar night the figures were 5.5 and 6.7% for Norwegians, and 21.7 and 37.1% for Russian men and women, respectively. Depression was most common in the youngest age-group among Russians and in the oldest age-group among the Norwegians. The one year prevalence of depression was 2-3 times higher among Russians compared to Norwegians living on Svalbard. For the period with polar night, the figures were 4-5 times higher for Russians. As both populations are exposed to the same amount of daylight, seasonal depression may therefor not solely be a matter of lack of daylight. Because the Russian population came from lower latitudes than the Norwegians, we hypothesize that insufficient acclimatization after migration to the north is essential for the understanding of seasonal variation in depression.
    International journal of circumpolar health 02/1999; 58(1):14-23. · 1.30 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The Norwegian island of Spitzbergen, Svalbard offers a unique setting for validation studies on self-reported alcohol consumption. No counterfeit production or illegal import exists, thus making complete registration of all sources of alcohol possible. In this study we recorded sales from all agencies selling alcohol on Svalbard over a 2-month period in 1988. During the same period all adults living permanently on Svalbard were invited to take part in a health screening. As part of the screening a self-administered questionnaire on alcohol consumption was introduced to the participants. We found that the self-reported volume accounted for approximately 40 percent of the sales volume. Because of the unique situation applying to Svalbard, the estimate made in this study is believed to be more reliable compared to other studies using sales volume to validate self-reports.
    Addiction 05/1995; 90(4):539-44. · 4.58 Impact Factor
  • G Høyer, E Lund
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    ABSTRACT: The hypothesis of a negative association between rates of suicide and number of children in marriage was investigated in a prospective study of 989,949 women followed up for 15 years (1970 through 1985) with 1190 deaths from suicide. Women who had never married exhibited higher relative risks for suicide than married parous and married nonparous women for all age groups younger than 65 years at the start of follow-up. Among the married, the parous women had lower relative risks than nonparous women for all ages. For both premenopausal and postmenopausal women, a strong linear decrease in relative risk for suicide with increasing number of children in marriage was found. The effect of number of children was independent of social class measured as years of completed schooling. The findings provide the first empirical support for theories of parenthood and suicide advanced by Durkheim almost 100 years ago.
    Archives of General Psychiatry 03/1993; 50(2):134-7. · 13.77 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Regular high consumption of alcohol in selected populations have, with high precision, been identified by two new alcohol markers; carbohydrate-deficient transferrin and mitochondrial aspartate aminotransferase. To test these markers in an unselected population, gamma-glutamyltransferase (GGT), carbohydrate-deficient transferrin (CDT), and mitochondrial aspartate aminotransferase (mAST) were measured in the Norwegian population, 310 males and 171 females, aged 18 to 60 years, living at Svalbard. Using self-reported alcohol intake as gold standard, sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, and likelihood-ratio were estimated according to different cutoff-points for alcohol intake and for the tests. In contrast to earlier studies, the sensitivity was in general low. With a specificity of 90% or higher, the sensitivity did not exceed 26% for any of the tests. Whereas CDT showed its best discriminatory power at lower intake of alcohol, GGT discriminated best at higher levels. Parallel and serial analysis of CDT and GGT indicated a conditional independence between the tests, as well as at higher and at lower levels of alcohol consumption. mAST was judged as not suitable in population studies.
    Alcoholism Clinical and Experimental Research 03/1992; 16(1):82-6. · 3.42 Impact Factor
  • Arctic medical research 02/1991; Suppl:404-5.
  • Arctic medical research 02/1991; Suppl:739-40.
  • G Høyer
    International Journal of Law and Psychiatry 02/1988; 11(3):289-303. · 1.19 Impact Factor
  • G Høyer
    International Journal of Law and Psychiatry 02/1988; 11(1):61-76. · 1.19 Impact Factor
  • G Høyer
    International Journal of Law and Psychiatry 02/1988; 11(4):317-27. · 1.19 Impact Factor
  • Georg Hoyer
    International Journal of Law and Psychiatry 02/1986; 8:413-22. · 1.19 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Legal-, perceived- and objective coercion were examined both separately and together as a measure of accumulated coercion, to determine how coercion affected patient satisfaction in patients admitted for acute psychiatric care. Accumulated coercive events significantly reduced both overall satisfaction, and satisfaction in four of five subscales evaluating different aspects of treatment. Neither legal status nor perceived coercion affected patient satisfaction, while objective coercion had a significant negative effect on overall satisfaction when these measures were analysed separately. Overall patient satisfaction reported at discharge was low, while satisfaction with different aspects of treatment showed considerable variation. The observation that perceived coercion in the admission process did not affect satisfaction significantly underlines the need to further explore the interaction between subjective and objective measures for coercion. It appears that multiple measures for coercion should be used in future studies.
    International Journal of Law and Psychiatry 30(6):504-11. · 1.19 Impact Factor