Improving attendance at child and adolescent mental health services for families from socially disadvantaged communities: Evaluation of a pre-intake engagement intervention in the UK


Michelson, D; Day, C; (2013) Improving attendance at child and adolescent mental health services for families from socially disadvantaged communities: Evaluation of a pre-intake engagement intervention in the UK. Administration and policy in mental health, 41 (2). pp. 252-261. ISSN 0894-587X DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10488-012-0462-4

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Abstract

Non-attendance of families is a common problem in child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS). We report on the development and pilot evaluation of a pre-intake intervention designed to enhance initial engagement at inner-city CAMHS in London, UK. Families receiving the intervention (N = 107) were significantly less likely to miss first appointments compared with contemporaneous (N = 62) or historical (N = 163) control groups. The intervention had similar effects for white and minority ethnic families, and for those from the most and least deprived parts of the locality. Recommendations are made for routine provision of empirically-supported engagement strategies, informed by consultations with service users and providers.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Adolescent, Adolescent Health Services, utilization, Appointments and Schedules, Child, Child Health Services, utilization, England, Female, Health Services Accessibility, Humans, Male, Mental Health Services, utilization, Parents, Patient Acceptance of Health Care, Pilot Projects, Social Class, Vulnerable Populations
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- )
PubMed ID: 23307161
Web of Science ID: 331200300011
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/2697267

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