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Veikko Pelto-Piri

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Veikko Pelto-Piri

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About Veikko Pelto-Piri

Veikko Pelto-Piri is doctor of medicine and have a background in social work. He works in the psychiatry at Region Örebro County and with research at the University Health Care Research Center.


His research mainly focuses on psychiatric inpatient care. The ongoing project aims to evaluate the implementation of Safewards, an evidence-based program for violence prevention. He also researches on issues such as ethics, informal coercion and violence.

Teaching and assignments

Veikko Pelto-Piri is teaching on the doctoral program at Örebro University. He often lectures to staff in Sweden about ethics, violence prevention and Safewards. In the area of psychiatry, he is responsible, among other things, for Difficult meetings, a two-day training program for psychiatric staff regarding prevention and management of violence.



Articles in journals |  Conference papers |  Doctoral theses, comprehensive summaries |  Manuscripts |  Reports | 

Articles in journals

Pelto-Piri, V. , Hylén, U. & Kjellin, L. (2020). Informellt tvång mot patienter – reflektioner över former och användning: En intervjustudie med psykiatripersonal. Socialvetenskaplig tidskrift, 27 (1), 71-90.
Pelto-Piri, V. , Kjellin, L. , Hylén, U. , Valenti, E. & Priebe, S. (2019). Different forms of informal coercion in psychiatry: a qualitative study. BMC Research Notes, 12 (1).
Pelto-Piri, V. , Wallsten, T. , Hylén, U. , Nikban, I. & Kjellin, L. (2019). Feeling safe or unsafe in psychiatric inpatient care, a hospital-based qualitative interview study with inpatients in Sweden. International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 13.
Hylén, U. , Engström, I. , Engström, K. , Pelto-Piri, V. & Anderzen-Carlsson, A. (2019). Providing Good Care in the Shadow of Violence: An Interview Study with Nursing Staff and Ward Managers in Psychiatric Inpatient Care in Sweden. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 40 (2), 148-157.
Hylén, U. , Kjellin, L. , Pelto-Piri, V. & Warg, L. (2018). Psychosocial work environment within psychiatric inpatient care in Sweden: Violence, stress, and value incongruence among nursing staff. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 27 (3), 1086-1098.
Valenti, E. , Banks, C. , Calcedo-Barba, A. , Bensimon, C. M. , Hoffmann, K. , Pelto-Piri, V. , Jurin, T. , Marquez Mendoza, O. & et al. (2015). Informal coercion in psychiatry: a focus group study of attitudes and experiences of mental health professionals in ten countries. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 50 (8), 1297-1308.

Conference papers

Kjellin, L. , Pelto-Piri, V. & Wallsten, T. (2020). Etik i praktiken: Reflektioner kring informellt tvång och situationer med hot och våld i psykiatrin. Paper presented at Svenska Psykiatrikongressen 2020, Göteborg, 11-13 Mars, 2020..
Pelto-Piri, V. & Kjellin, L. (2019). Social inclusion and prevention of violence: Patients’, staff members’ and ward managers’ descriptions of meetings in psychiatric inpatient care in Sweden. Paper presented at European Congress on Violence in Clinical Psychiatry 2019, Oslo, Norway, 24-26 October, 2019.
Pelto-Piri, V. & Wetterling, J. (2019). Values and the cultural heritage of psychiatry: From paternalism to social inclusion in meetings with the patient in psychiatric inpatient settings in Sweden. Paper presented at The material and immaterial heritage of psychiatry 2019, Gothenburg, Sweden, 11-12 June, 2019.
Pelto-Piri, V. , Hylén, U. , Wallsten, T. , Nikban, I. & Kjellin, L. (2018). To feel safe or unsafe at a psychiatric ward: Experiences reported by 17 patients. In: Abstract Book. Paper presented at ECAME Annual Conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, September 6-8, 2018.
Kjellin, L. , Warg, L. & Pelto-Piri, V. (2017). Violence and threats of violence in Swedish inpatient care: A Critical Incidence Technique analysis. Paper presented at 10th European Congress on Violence in Clinical Psychiatry “Creating collaborative care: a multi-partnership approach”, Dublin, Ireland, 26-28 October, 2017.
Pelto-Piri, V. , Engström, K. , Warg, L. , Kjellin, L. & Engström, I. (2016). Staff views on prevention and management of violence at institutions: Aspects of values and safety in encounters with young clients and patients. Paper presented at 6th European Conference for Social Work Research. ”Reflective social work practices in contemporary societies: crossed dialogues and new pathways between praxis and research”, March 30- April 1, 2016, Lisbon, Portugal..
Pelto-Piri, V. (2015). Current clinical ethics support activities in mental health care: Report from Sweden. Paper presented at Ethical challenges, in mental health care, clinical ethics support and the role of the family. An international Conference, 5 June 2015, Oslo University, Oslo, Norway.
Kjellin, L. , Törnqvist, S. , Warg, L. & Pelto-Piri, V. (2015). Incidences of violence in psychiatric inpatient care as described by staff. Paper presented at 9th European Congress on Violence in Clinical Psychiatry “Advancing knowledge – Transforming Practice”, Copenhagen, Denmark, 22-24 October, 2015..
Hylén, U. , Engström, K. , Pelto-Piri, V. , Kjellin, L. & Warg, L. (2015). Violence prevention and organisational values: Views from management and staff in three types of psychiatric inpatient care. Paper presented at 9th European Congress on Violence in Clinical Psychiatry “Advancing knowledge – Transforming Practice”, Copenhagen, Denmark, 22-24 October 2015..
Pelto-Piri, V. (2014). Ethical Diaries in Psychiatry. Paper presented at Symposium: Clinical Ethics in Psychiatry, VU University. Amsterdam, Netherlands, 20 june, 2014.
Pelto-Piri, V. , Engström, I. , Warg, L. & Kjellin, L. (2014). Prevention of violence in psychiatric inpatient care: aspects of ethics and safety in patient and staff encounters. “The patients voice”. Paper presented at 10th International conference for clinical ethics consultation. Paris 24-26 april, 2014, Paris, France..
Pelto-Piri, V. (2013). Etiska dagböcker i forskning och praktik. Paper presented at Nordisk etikk konferanse Universitetet i Oslo, 7-8 march 2013, Oslo, Norway.
Pelto-Piri, V. , Kjellin, L. & Engström, I. (2013). Motiv för tvångsvård i barn- och ungdomspsykiatrin i Sverige. Paper presented at Nordisk etikk konferanse, Universitetet i Oslo, 7-8 march 2013, Oslo, Norway..
Kjellin, L. & Pelto-Piri, V. (2013). Prevention of violence in psychiatric inpatient care: aspects of ethics and safety in encounters with patients. Paper presented at 8th European Congress on Violence in Clinical Psychiatry, Ghent, Belgien, 23-26 October, 2013..

Doctoral theses, comprehensive summaries

Pelto-Piri, V. (2015). Ethical considerations in psychiatric inpatient care: The ethical landscape in everyday practice as described by staff. (Doctoral dissertation). (Comprehensive summary) Örebro: Örebro university.



Pelto-Piri, V. , Engström, K. & Engström, I. (2017). Hantering av hot och våld: Personalens syn på etik, bemötande och säkerhet i mötet med ungdomar på institutioner. Stockholm, Sweden: Statens institutionsstyrelse, SiS (Institutionsvård i Fokus 12).