Title: Recommendations for the organization of mental health services for children and adolescents in Belgium: Use of the soft systems methodology
Authors: Vandenbroeck, Philippe ×
Dechenne, Rachel
Becher, Kim
Eyssen, Marijke
Van den Heede, Koen #
Issue Date: Feb-2014
Publisher: Elsevier
Series Title: Health Policy vol:114 issue:2-3 pages:263-8
Article number: S0168-8510(13)00198-X
Abstract: The prevalence of mental health problems among children and adolescents in Western countries is high. Belgium, like many other Western countries, struggles with the set-up of a coherent and effective strategy for dealing with this complex societal problem. This paper describes the development of a policy scenario for the organization of child and adolescent mental health care services (CAMHS) in Belgium. The development process relied on Soft Systems Methodology including a participatory process with 66 stakeholders and a review of the existing (inter-)national evidence. A diagnostic analysis illustrated that the Belgian CAMHS is a system in serious trouble characterized by fragmentation and compartmentalization. A set of 10 strategic recommendations was formulated to lay down the contours of a future, more effective CAMHS system. They focus on mastering the demands made on scarce and expensive specialized mental health services; strengthening the range of services - in particular for those with serious, complex and multiple mental health problems - and strengthening the adaptive capacity of and the ethical guidance within the future CAMHS system.
ISSN: 0168-8510
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Non-KU Leuven Association publications
× corresponding author
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