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Clinical forensic medicine in Eastern Denmark: Organisation and assessments

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  • Lykke Schrøder Jakobsen
  • Christina Jacobsen
  • Niels Lynnerup
  • Jacob Steinmetz
  • Jytte Banner
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Internationally, clinical forensic medicine (CFM) is diverse in content and conduct, and forensic medical methods are not always evidence based. The first step towards evidence-based practice is to achieve a thorough knowledge of international diversity, which necessitates that CFM practitioners provide information about their national practice. This paper’s aim is to describe the organisation of CFM in Denmark, exemplified by the set-up in Eastern Denmark, and the types of assessments performed. In Denmark, forensic medicine is a board-certified specialty under the health authorities, with mandatory qualifications. The Danish Accreditation Fund accredits the Departments of Forensic Medicine as inspection bodies, according to an international European standard that is approved by Danish Standards. Mainly at police request, forensic doctors perform examinations of both victims and suspected perpetrators of perilous crimes. The examinations’ purposes are documentation and assessment of the findings and collection of biological evidence. The clinical forensic examinations do not include any treatment or medical follow-up. Thus, the forensic doctors must be neutral, objective and impartial. The clinical forensic examinations provide documentation of findings and conclusions not otherwise available for the police investigation and legal aftermath. Moreover, the accredited, standardised protocols ensure that the Departments of Forensic Medicine meet their obligations as inspection bodies, thus ensuring public confidence in the departments’ services.

Original languageEnglish
JournalScientific American
Volume60
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)150-158
Number of pages9
ISSN0036-8733
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Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020

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  • accreditation, assessments, clinical forensic examination, Clinical forensic medicine, evidence-based practice, organisation

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