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.