Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Young People With Mental Health Problems At Risk Of Falling Through 'gap' In Care Services

Many young people with mental health problems are at risk of falling through a huge gap in provision when they move from adolescent to adult care services, according to new research from the University of Warwick.

A team led by Professor Swaran Singh at Warwick Medical School looked at the transition from child mental health services to adult mental health services and found for the vast majority of users the move was "poorly planned, poorly executed and poorly experienced".

In a study published in The British Journal of Psychiatry, the research team looked at 154 service users who were crossing the boundary from child to adult mental health services. They followed the sample group for one year to examine their experiences.

Of the cohort of 154, only 58% made the transition to adult mental health services. The researchers found that individuals with a history of severe mental illness, being on medication or having been admitted to hospital were more like to make a transition than those with neurodevelopmental disorders, emotional/neurotic disorders and emerging personality disorder.

The research team also found that a fifth of all actual referrals that crossed the boundary to adult mental health services in this study were discharged without being seen.


Source and More:
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/204238.php

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