An integrated approach to meet the needs of high-vulnerable families: A qualitative study on integrated care from a professional perspective

L. A. Nooteboom*, S. I. Van Den Driesschen, C. H.Z. Kuiper, R. R.J.M. Vermeiren, E. A. Mulder

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Background: To meet the needs of high-vulnerable families with severe and enduring problems across several life domains, professionals must improve their ability to provide integrated care timely and adequately. The aim of this study was to identify facilitators and barriers professionals encounter when providing integrated care. Methods: Experiences and perspectives of 24 professionals from integrated care teams in the Netherlands were gathered by conducting semi-structured interviews. A theory-driven framework method was applied to systematically code the transcripts both deductively and inductively. Results: There was a consensus among professionals regarding facilitators and barriers influencing their daily practice, leading to an in depth, thematic report of what facilitates and hinders integrated care. Themes covering the facilitators and barriers were related to early identification and broad assessment, multidisciplinary expertise, continuous pathways, care provision, autonomy of professionals, and evaluation of care processes. Conclusions: Professionals emphasized the need for flexible support across several life domains to meet the needs of high-vulnerable families. Also, there should be a balance between the use of guidelines and a professional's autonomy to tailor support to families' needs. Other recommendations include the need to improve professionals' ability in timely stepping up to more intensive care and scaling down to less restrictive support, and to further our insight in risk factors and needs of these families.

Original languageEnglish
Article number18
JournalChild and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 9 May 2020

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