Presenting Author(s) Names: Michele Foster
Co-Author(s) Names: Dr. Vincent Agyapong
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The model of care for access to mental health resources in Edmonton is described as a Therapist Based Model of Care (TBMC); patients accessing community based mental health services are also required to have a Mental Health Therapist. Anecdotal evidence suggests this model impedes patients’ access to mental health services and hinders the shared approach to mental health care. There have been no studies which examine the extent of, opportunities for, and barriers to the practice of shared care for mental health patients within the Edmonton zone.
The goal of the study is to examine the TBMC in Edmonton, including factors hindering access to community based mental health services. A focus will be placed on generating new knowledge on opportunities and barriers to shared care for patients with mental health difficulties. A primary outcome will be development of an ideal shared care model for mental health patients within the Edmonton Zone based on stakeholders feedback.
The views of a diverse group of stakeholders, including health professionals and patients will be examined. Quantitative data collection will involve online and paper based self-administered questionnaires involving a Likert Scale, tailored to either health care professionals or patients, respectively. Subsequently, each group will be invited to participate in final focus group discussions.
As this study is in process, results are not currently available; however, the study will be complete at the end of January.