Treatment of children and young with mild to moderate mental illness

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Mapping of systematic reviews of the effects of first-line treatments on children and young people with mild to moderate mental illness. The report will form be a part of a knowledge support at the National Board of Health and Welfare.


This report aims to identify and review systematic reviews that assess randomized and controlled trials in order to:

  • show in which areas there is reliable and compiled scientific knowledge and in which areas such knowledge is lacking.
  • show the need for more primary studies.
  • show if there are parts of systematic overviews that can be used when new overviews are produced.

The areas of knowledge to which the survey applies are defined and categorized by the project group's experts based on populations, interventions and outcomes. The areas included in the survey must be relevant for the treatment of mild to moderate mental illness in children and young from a Swedish perspective. The result of the survey will be an evidence map that shows where there are or is missing reliable compiled research (systematic overviews). The process for this mapping, on the other hand, does not include prioritization of the scientific knowledge gaps that are identified.

Planned to be published: Quarter 2, 2023 Registration no: SBU 2022/56

Project group


  • Pia Enebrink, Senior lecturer, psychologist and psychotherapist, associate professor in psychology. Department of Psychology Karolinska Institute
  • Maria Unenge Hallerbäck, MD, PhD, senior lecturer in psychiatry, child and adolescens psychiatrist, Örebro University and Region Värmland

From SBU

  • Göran Bertilsson, Project Manager
  • Anna Christensson, Assistant Project Manager
  • Elin Malmer, Project Administrator
  • Hanna Olofsson, Information Specialist
  • Jonas Bergström, Head of Departement
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