Pediatrician and Child Adolescent Psychiatrist Perspectives of Coordinated Care for Emerging Adults
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Lapane, Kate L
UMass Chan AffiliationsEmergency Medicine
Population and Quantitative Health Sciences
Document TypeJournal Article
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AbstractPurpose: To explore pediatrician and child/adolescent psychiatrists' perspectives of the role of coordinated care for emerging adults with serious mental health conditions, particularly as they transition to adult care. Methods: Semi-structured individual interviews of a purposive sample of 10 pediatricians and 11 child/adolescent psychiatrists in Massachusetts were used to explore coordinated care for emerging adults. Following verbatim transcription and double coding, we conducted a thematic analysis to identify key themes. Care coordination concepts explored included a case discussion, teamwork, communication methods, medication management, transition to adult care, the healthcare home, and youth and family role. Organizational and societal barriers were also discussed. Results: Providers described key barriers to continuous, coordinated care for youth with serious mental health conditions, including poor communication systems between providers, no organized process for the transition from pediatric to adult care, state licensing laws (particularly impacting college-age youth), inadequate connection to community supports, and poor reimbursement rates for psychiatric care. Termination of primary care in young adults and inadequate medication side effect monitoring were described as key gaps in care. Discussion: The current system of coordinated care for emerging adults with serious mental health conditions is a perfect storm of challenges that creates a vicious cycle of interconnected barriers which lead to fragmented, discontinuous, and sub-par care for this population.
SourceHugunin J, Khan S, McPhillips E, Davis M, Larkin C, Skehan B, Lapane KL. Pediatrician and Child Adolescent Psychiatrist Perspectives of Coordinated Care for Emerging Adults. J Adolesc Health. 2023 May;72(5):770-778. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2022.12.002. Epub 2023 Jan 3. PMID: 36604207; PMCID: PMC10121759.
Permanent Link to this Itemhttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.14038/52084
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