Managing child and adolescent mental health problems in primary care: taking the leap from knowledge to practice

Prim Health Care Res Dev. 2011 Oct;12(4):301-9. doi: 10.1017/S1463423611000338. Epub 2011 Aug 22.


In 2009, a conference at Imperial College London brought together experts on the primary care provision of child and adolescent mental health. The following paper highlights various themes from the conference, and particularly focuses on general practice. Despite international and national guidance, child and adolescent mental health provision in primary care is limited in the UK and globally. We argue that primary care services are in fact well placed to assess, diagnose, and manage child and adolescent mental health problems. The barriers to such provision are considered from the perspective of both service users and providers, and the possible ways to overcome such challenges are discussed. The paper is informed by various epidemiological and intervention studies and comparisons between different countries and health systems are explored.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior*
  • Child
  • Child Welfare*
  • Clinical Competence*
  • Community Mental Health Services
  • General Practitioners
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / therapy*
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Primary Health Care / methods*
  • United Kingdom