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Collaboration and integrated services for perinatal mental health: an integrative review


Myors, KA and Schmied, V and Johnson, M and Cleary, M, Collaboration and integrated services for perinatal mental health: an integrative review, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 18, (1) pp. 1-10. ISSN 1475-357X (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1475-3588.2011.00639.x


Background: An integrative review was undertaken to synthesise the research related to professionals’ perceptions and experiences of working in collaborative and integrated models of perinatal care for women with mental health problems.

Method: A search of the databases CINAHL, Medline, PubMed, Psychinfo and Scopus was conducted. Studies were limited to English language papers published from 2000 to 2010. Fourteen papers were included in the review.

Results: The overarching theme identified in the review related to the process of ‘making it happen’. Eight key elements were identified as central components of this process: funding and resources for collaboration; shared vision, aims and goals; pathways and guidelines; continuity of care; building relationships and trust; role clarity; training and education of staff and support to work in new ways.

Conclusion: Perinatal mental health is an emerging field that is particularly challenging as it requires professionals to work across disciplines and timeframes, where there is a risk of dichotomising care, compounding existing barriers to service uptake. Professionals need resources and to feel supported to change clinical practice and work in more collaborative ways. The voices of women and families are missing in the literature.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Perinatal and infant mental health;collaboration;integration;integrative review
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Mental health services
UTAS Author:Cleary, M (Professor Michelle Cleary)
ID Code:108062
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:37
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-04-05
Last Modified:2017-11-03

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