Outcome Orientated Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (OO-CAMHS): A whole service model

Timimi, S., Tetley, D., Burgoine, W. and Walker, G. (2013) Outcome Orientated Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (OO-CAMHS): A whole service model. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 18 (2). pp. 169-184. ISSN 1359-1045

Full content URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1359104512444118

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The international evidence base on factors that most influence outcomes in mental health care finds that matching therapeutic intervention to diagnosis has a clinically insignificant impact on outcomes. Decades of outcome research into treatment of psychiatric disorders shows that, despite the development of many new techniques, the outcomes being achieved in studies 30 years ago are similar to those being achieved now. In the last few years, new service models that incorporate systems of feedback on progress and alliance have emerged and show promise with regards improving overall outcomes for mental health service users. Growing familiarity with this outcome literature, together with a desire to be part of a service that can continue to improve patient outcomes, led a small community Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services team to develop a new whole service model - Outcome Orientated Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (OO-CAMHS). OO-CAMHS incorporates key aspects of the evidence base on what could make a differential positive impact on outcomes and relinquishes those aspects that do not. In this paper, we outline the evidence base on which OO-CAMHS is built, describe the key features of the approach and present some of the early findings on its impact. © The Author(s) 2012.

Keywords:Child and adolescent, Outcomes, Session by session, Treatment, Whole service
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B760 Mental Health Nursing
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
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Deposited On:09 Jan 2014 15:44

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