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Transition from child and adolescent to adult mental health services in the Republic of Ireland: an investigation of process and operational practice

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posted on 2018-12-04, 11:50 authored by Niamh McNamara, Fiona McNicholas, Tamsin Ford, Moli Paul, Blanaid Gavin, Imelda Coyne, Walter Cullen, Karen O'Connor, Nicolas Ramperti, Nicolas McNicholas, Barbara Dooley, Siobhan Barry, Swaran P. Singh
Aim: Ensuring a seamless transition from child to adult mental health services poses challenges for services worldwide. This is an important process in the ongoing care of young people with mental illness; therefore, it is incumbent on all countries to probe their individual structures to assess the quality of mental health service delivery to this vulnerable cohort. To date, there have been no published studies on the transition from Child to Adult Mental Health Services in the Republic of Ireland. To this end, a nationwide survey of transition policies of community mental health teams in both services was conducted in order to compare best practice guidelines for transition with current process and experience in clinical practice.Method: Structured interviews were conducted with 57 consultant psychiatrists (representing 32 CAMHS teams and 25 AMHS teams) to obtain information on annual transition numbers, existing transition policies and operational practice from the professional perspective.Results: Numbers of young people considered suitable for transfer to adult services (M = 7.73, SD = 9.86, n = 25) were slightly higher than numbers who actually transferred (M = 4.50, SD = 3.33, n = 20). There is a lack of standardized practice nationwide regarding the service transition boundary, an absence of written transition policies and protocols, and minimal formal interaction between child and adult services.Conclusions: The findings suggest that there are critical gaps between current operational practice and best practice guidelines. Future studies will investigate the impact this has on the transition experiences of young people, their carers and health-care professionals.



Early Intervention in Psychiatry;8 (3), pp. 291-297


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This is the author version of the following article:Early Intervention Psychiatry 2014, 8 (3), pp. 291-297 Transition from child and adolescent to adult mental health services in the Republic of Ireland: an investigation of process and operational practice Niamh McNamara, Fiona McNicholas, Tamsin Ford,Moli Paul,Blanaid Gavin, Imelda Coyne,Walter Cullen,Karen O'Connor,Nicolas Ramperti,Barbara Dooley,Siobhan Barry,Swaran P. Singh which has been published in final form at | This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.



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