Identifying key research issues

Nicky Stanley, Bridget Penhale, Denise Riordan, Rosaline S. Barbour and Sue Holden

in Child protection and mental health services

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9781861344274
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301707 | DOI:
Identifying key research issues

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In this research, focus group discussions with health and social care staff working in an area outside the two research sites were held to assist the development of contextually relevant questions for inclusion in the survey of professionals. Those recruited included representatives of the following professional groups: child care social workers; health visitors; adult psychiatrists; mental health social workers; community psychiatric nurses (CPNs); children's guardians; practitioners from voluntary organisations serving mental health services users, and from similar organisations for children; and middle managers from both community health and social services. Discussion highlighted several topics, such as the competing demands of individual family members, to which participants were to return in the course of the discussion, and developed, as anticipated, into talk about the possibilities and constraints of service provision in specific geographical areas. The chapter tackles interprofessional communication, the organisation of services and the assessment of risk.

Keywords: focus groups; health care; social care; interprofessional communication; risk assessment; community health

Chapter.  2950 words. 

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