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Transfers and transitions between child and adult mental health services

  • Moli Paul (a1), Tamsin Ford (a2), Tami Kramer (a3), Zoebia Islam (a1), Kath Harley (a4) and Swaran P. Singh (a5)...

Abstract

Background

Transfer of care from one healthcare provider to another is often understood as a suboptimal version of the process of transition.

Aims

To separate and evaluate concepts of transfer and transition between child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) and adult mental health services (AMHS).

Method

In a retrospective case-note survey of young people reaching the upper age boundary at six English CAMHS, optimal transition was evaluated using four criteria: continuity of care, parallel care, a transition planning meeting and information transfer.

Results

Of 154 cases, 76 transferred to AMHS. Failure to transfer resulted mainly from non-referral by CAMHS (n = 12) and refusal by service users (n = 12) rather than refusal by AMHS (n = 7). Four cases met all criteria for optimal transition, 13 met none; continuity of care in(n = 63) was met most often.

Conclusions

Transfer was common but good transition rare. Reasons for failure to transfer differ from barriers to transition. Transfer should be investigated alongside transition in research and service development.

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Corresponding author

Dr Moli Paul, Room B153, The Medical School Building, Gibbet Hill Campus, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK. Email: moli.paul@warwick.ac.uk

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