Interprofessional communication and coordination

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:
Interprofessional communication and coordination

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This chapter reports on practitioners' experiences of interprofessional communication and coordination and examines their views on which services were best equipped to take a lead in work with families where mental health needs and child care concerns coincided. The survey asked respondents to identify the frequency of difficulties in coordinating work on such cases with a wide range of professional groups. This chapter shows that 35% of practitioners reported always or frequently having problems in coordinating their work with GPs, while 27% reported the same frequency of problems with adult psychiatrists. These rates were substantially higher than the levels of difficulties identified for other professional groups.

Keywords: interprofessional communication; mental health needs; child care; social workers; risk assessment; adult psychiatrists

Chapter.  3656 words. 

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