Transition of care from child to adult mental health services : the great divide
Singh, Swaran P.. (2009) Transition of care from child to adult mental health services : the great divide. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, Vol.22 (No.4). pp. 386-390. ISSN 0951-7367
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/YCO.0b013e32832c9221
Purpose of review: Adolescents with mental health problems often require transition of care from child and adolescent to adult mental health services. This review is a synthesis of current research and policy literature on transition to describe the barriers at the interface between child and adolescent mental health services and adult mental health services and outcomes of poor transition.
Recent findings: Adolescence is a risk period for emergence of serious mental disorders. Child and adolescent mental health services and adult mental health services use rigid age cut-offs to delineate service boundaries, creating discontinuities in provision of care. Adolescent mental health services are patchy across the world. Several recent studies have confirmed that problems occur during transition in diverse settings across several countries. In physical health, there are emerging models of practice to improve the process and outcomes of transition, but there is very little comparable literature in mental healthcare.
Summary: Poor transition leads to disruption in continuity of care, disengagement from services and is likely to lead to poorer clinical outcomes. Some young people, such as those with neurodevelopmental disorders and complex needs, are at a greater risk of falling through the care gap during transition. Services need robust and high-quality evidence on the process and outcomes of transition so that effective intervention strategies can be developed.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Alternative Title:||The great divide : transition of care from child to adult mental health services|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Teenagers -- Mental health services -- Great Britain|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Current Opinion in Psychiatry|
|Publisher:||Lippincott Williams & Wilkins|
|Official Date:||July 2009|
|Page Range:||pp. 386-390|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
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