A Presentation by Lena Lundgren, PhD
Experiences from other nations can assist U.S. policy makers as they consider health care reform and the treatment of substance use. Unlike the United States, Sweden’s universal welfare system includes no-cost addiction treatment. Sweden has large universal databases of treatment and health services utilization permitting studies with population-level findings. This Talk will present initial results from studies of treatment for substance abuse in Sweden. The Talk will also cover other challenging issues, such as conceptualizing access to behavioral health and addiction treatment as a public welfare right.
Dr. Lena Lundgren is Associate Dean for Research and Director of the Center for Addictions Research and Services at the School of Social Work at Boston University. Lena has expertise in addiction policy and registry database research. She has more than 15 years of experience as a Principal Investigator directing U.S. and Swedish research projects. A fellow of the Swedish government from 2010-2013, Dr. Lundgren developed a Swedish program of health services research in addiction treatment. She recently received a 5-year grant from the Swedish government to examine national health outcomes related to Substance Use Disorders.