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Obstacles to continuity of care in young mental health service users' pathways - an explorative study

Obstacles to continuity of care in young mental health service users' pathways - an explorative study

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Background: Users of mental health services often move between different primary and specialised health and care services, depending
on their current condition, and this often leads to fragmentation of care. The aim of this study was to map care pathways in the case of
young adult mental health service users and to identify key obstacles to continuity of care.
Method: Quarterly semi-structured interviews were performed with nine young adults with mental health difficulties, following their
pathways in and out of different services in the course of a year.
Results: Key obstacles to continuity of care included the mental health system's lack of access to treatment, lack of integration between
different specialist services, lack of progress in care and inadequate coordination tools such as ‘Individual Plan’ and case conferences that
did not prevent fragmented care pathways.
Conclusions: Continuity of care should be more explicitly linked to aspirations for development and progress in the users' care pathways,
and how service providers can cooperate with users to actually develop and make progress. Coordination tools such as case conferences
and ‘individual plans’ should be upgraded to this end and utilised to the utmost. This may be the most effective way to counteract the
system obstacles.
Språk
Engelsk
Forfatter(e)
Institusjon(er)
  • SINTEF Digital / Helse
  • Akershus universitetssykehus HF
År
Publisert i
International Journal of Integrated Care (IJIC)
ISSN
1568-4156
Forlag
Ubiquity Press
Årgang
13
Hefte nr.
Jul-Sep