Transition of care from child to adult mental health services: the great divide

Title

Transition of care from child to adult mental health services: the great divide

Creator

Singh SP

Publisher

Current Opinion In Psychiatry

Date

2009

Subject

Child; Humans; Young Adult; Great Britain; Adult; Health Policy; Health Services Needs and Demand; Health Services Research; Outcome and Process Assessment (Health Care); adolescent; Adolescent Transitions; Continuity of Patient Care/organization & administration; Adolescent Health Services/organization & administration; Child Health Services/organization & administration; Community Mental Health Services/organization & administration; Mental Disorders/diagnosis/psychology/therapy

Description

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.
2009

Rights

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

386-390

Issue

4

Volume

22

Citation

Singh SP, “Transition of care from child to adult mental health services: the great divide,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed September 18, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/14182.

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