Evaluation of a CAMHS in Primary Care Service for General Practice

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BackgroundMany CAMH Services have Tier 2 provision in primary care, but there has been little published evaluation. In a service aimed at general practice, this study examined: 1) the clinical activities of the primary mental health workers; 2) the effect of the service on referrals to specialist CAMHS; and 3) the utilisation and perceived usefulness of the service.Methodclinical activity data collection, evaluation of referral patterns, and a postal questionnaire.ResultsInformal (unstructured) consultation-liaison was used more than formal consultation. Referrals to specialist CAMHS increased from practices using the service. The service was perceived as helpful and accessible.ConclusionsThe service supported primary care staff in their work with child and adolescent mental health issues. Referrals to Tier 3 may increase as a result of the service.

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