Mental Health Care and Service Research

Heads: PD Dr. med. Matthias Jäger and PD Dr. med. Anastasia Theodoridou


The research group focuses on the evaluation of mental health service structures, clinical processes, epidemiology and subjective perspectives on psychiatric disorders and treatment. We target on an integrated approach including the views of patients, relatives, lay persons and professionals. In our studies we use quantitative and qualitative methods including explorative and empirical analyses of routine data, subjective parameters and clinical functioning.

Current projects focus on coercive practices in psychiatric treatment, the evaluation of new services, housing rehabilitation, individual recovery processes, and mental problems and disorders in elite athletes (sports psychiatry). We engage in interdisciplinary research in association with our partner institutions. We feel obliged to the training of young scientists. Therefore we welcome students on all levels of qualification to participate in our activities.

Current Projects

  • Clinical course and coercive measures among involuntary admitted psychiatric patients
  • Characteristics of patients being subjected to involuntary admission in sheltered housing institutions
  • Attitudes of patients, relatives and professionals towards security measured in psychiatry
  • Court decisions of involuntarily admitted patients with petition for release
  • Informal coercion – attitudes and knowledge held by mental health professionals
  • Prevalence of involuntary admission in Switzerland
  • Relevance of confidants in clinical course of involuntarily admitted patients
  • Housing needs of residents in supported housing facilities and psychiatric inpatients
  • Characteristics of individuals with severe housing problems
  • Clinical course of patients treated by an acute home treatment team
  • Individual Housing and Support for individuals with severe mental illness

Sports psychiatry

  • Establishment of an outpatient unit for elite athletes with mental problems and disorders
  • Clinical course and treatment of elite athletes with eating disorders
  • Prevalence of mental problems and diseases in elite athletes (e.g. in professional soccer players)