• Obsessive compulsive disorder;
  • children and families;
  • assessment;
  • satisfaction;
  • user-involvement

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.