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What factors influence healthcare professionals to refer children and families to paediatric psychology?

O'Connell, C; Shafran, R; Camic, PM; Bryon, M; Christie, D; (2019) What factors influence healthcare professionals to refer children and families to paediatric psychology? Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry 10.1177/1359104519836701. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to investigate factors influencing referral of children with physical illness to paediatric psychology. Due to high rates of mental health problems within this population, studies have shown that referral to paediatric psychology should be increased. However, few studies have examined factors shaping healthcare professionals' referral behaviour. METHODS: This study used the theory of planned behaviour to develop a questionnaire which explores factors influencing the referral of children and families to paediatric psychology. Psychometric properties of the questionnaire were examined. RESULTS: The questionnaire was found to have good reliability and validity. The main constructs of the theory of planned behaviour were useful in predicting intention to refer to paediatric psychology. Specific beliefs about referral were shown to influence intention to refer. CONCLUSION: Findings suggest that individual attitudes and beliefs can impact healthcare professionals' referral behaviour, indicating that multidisciplinary interventions and inter-professional education relating to the psychological aspects of illness are required.

Type: Article
Title: What factors influence healthcare professionals to refer children and families to paediatric psychology?
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1359104519836701
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/1359104519836701
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Paediatric psychology, children and families, health, healthcare professionals, referral behaviour, theory of planned behaviour
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Epidemiology and Public Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health > Population, Policy and Practice Dept
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10074140
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