Camden CAMHS and the Anna Freud Centre ran a project as part of their Closing the Gap through Changing Relationships programme. They wanted to use shared decision making to support young people with mental health problems and their families to make informed choices and become active partners in their treatment.
The project was very successful, proving that shared decision-making is not just a powerful tool for physical health issues. Clinicians reported that using shared decision making radically changed the way they interacted with service users, making relationships more open and transparent. Young people reported feeling more engaged and involved in their care, more able to take responsibility for their actions and more committed to following care plans they’d been involved in developing. The team found evidence of improved outcomes in individual cases and anecdotal evidence from nurses in an outpatient unit, suggested that shared decision making led to fewer incidences of aggressive behaviour. From here
Read more about the CAMHS project or watch a video interview with Kate Martin from Camden CAMHS.
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