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Revista de la Asociación Española de Neuropsiquiatría

On-line version ISSN 2340-2733Print version ISSN 0211-5735


ALEGRET, Joana; CASTANYS, Elisenda  and  OCHOA, Susana. Occupational networks for professionals involved in child and adolescent mental health. Rev. Asoc. Esp. Neuropsiq. [online]. 2005, n.95, pp.49-68. ISSN 2340-2733.

The authors will expose in this article the results of an investigation realized in two community-based child mental health centers located in Catalonia, about the achievement, of working in a net of professionals. This study collects all the professional actings concerning a number of selected cases, distinguishing between working directly with the patient and his/her family and working with other professionals. The study intends to establish the type of relationship existing between the fact of working in a net and patient´s diagnosis, family pattern, gender and characteristics of each community mental health center. A second objective is to know the characteristics of the professional net work (PNW) related to consumed time, types of contact and of relationship among professionals. There is a conceptual distinction between coordination and PNW or indirect work. The study puts a especial emphasis to remark that there is a great investment of the professional time schedule dedicated to the indirect work in child and adolescent attention, and this indirect work is one of the fundamental basis that will allow further working with the patient and his/her family, facilitating a functional relationship among services and family.

Keywords : Professional networking; coordination; child and adolescent mental health; interconsultation; interprofessional cooperation contexts.

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