What Can the FOCUS E-mail Discussion Group Tell Us About the Issues Facing CAMH Professionals?



Background:  The FOCUS e-mail discussion group was established in 1998 with the aim of facilitating information-sharing between professionals working in child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS).

Method:  A content analysis was carried out on messages sent to the FOCUS e-mail discussion group between September 2004 and August 2005.

Results:  Discussion topics were widely distributed across twelve main themes, reflecting the breadth of issues discussed by CAMH professionals. The five most frequently discussed were: clinical cases; workforce issues; interventions; service policy; and service organisation.

Conclusion:  The findings demonstrate the usefulness of the FOCUS e-mail discussion group as a means of identifying the key issues facing CAMH professionals and consequently its potential to inform healthcare practice and policy.