Parent experiences of attending a specialist clinic for assessment of their child's obsessive compulsive disorder
Article first published online: 13 JUN 2011
© 2011 The Authors. Child and Adolescent Mental Health © 2011 Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Volume 17, Issue 1, pages 31–36, February 2012
How to Cite
Hilton, K., Turner, C., Krebs, G., Volz, C. and Heyman, I. (2012), Parent experiences of attending a specialist clinic for assessment of their child's obsessive compulsive disorder. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 17: 31–36. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-3588.2011.00607.x
- Issue published online: 21 DEC 2011
- Article first published online: 13 JUN 2011
- Accepted for publication: 9 December 2010 Published online: 13 June 2011
- Obsessive compulsive disorder;
- children and families;
Background: There are few published studies that have examined parental satisfaction with child mental health assessment. This study reports parental satisfaction with assessment in a national and specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders.
Method: Forty parents completed a specially developed questionnaire designed to assess expectations and experiences of attending a specialist assessment.
Results: High levels of satisfaction were reported. Common expectations of the assessment included: advice or information about the treatment of OCD, a diagnosis or understanding of the child's problems, and an offer of treatment.
Conclusions: The majority of parents reported that their expectations were met, and some suggestions for improvement to the service were noted.