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Developing a UK protocol for collaborative care: a qualitative study

Richards, David A., Lankshear, Annette Jean, Fletcher, Janine, Rogers, Anne, Barkham, Michael, Bower, Pete, Gask, Linda, Gilbody, Simon and Lovell, Karina 2006. Developing a UK protocol for collaborative care: a qualitative study. General Hospital Psychiatry 28 (4) , pp. 296-305. 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2006.03.005

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Abstract

Objective This study aimed to explore the views of stakeholders including patients, general practitioners (GPs) and mental health workers on the feasibility, acceptability and barriers to a collaborative care model for treatment of depression within the context of U.K. primary health care. Method We used semistructured interviews and focus groups with a purposive sample of 11 patients and 38 professionals from a wide selection of primary and secondary care mental health services, as well as framework analysis using a “constant comparative” approach to identify key concepts and themes. Results Regular contact for patients with depression is acceptable and valued by both patients and professionals. However, patients value support, whereas professionals focus on information. To be acceptable to patients, contacts about medication or psychosocial support must minimize the potential for patient disempowerment. The use of the telephone is convenient and lends anonymity, but established mental health workers think it will impair their judgments. While patients merely identified the need for skilled case managers, GPs preferred established professionals; however, these workers did not see themselves in this role. All involved were cautious about deploying new workers. Additional barriers included practical and organizational issues. Conclusions Although a telephone-delivered mix of medication support and low-intensity psychological intervention is generally acceptable, significant issues to be addressed include the values of the current mental health workforce, fears about new workers' experience and competence, the balance of face-to-face and telephone contacts and case manager education in nonspecific skills necessary to develop a therapeutic alliance, as well as the knowledge and skills required for education, medication support and behavioral activation. Qualitative research can add value to careful modeling of collaborative care prior to international implementation.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Uncontrolled Keywords: Collaborative care; Depression; Qualitative research; Mental health; Protocol
ISSN: 0163-8343
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 01:36
URI: http://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/797

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