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Do you have a child aged 11-18 who has engaged with mental health services? Has your child ever experienced a change in their psychiatric diagnosis? (Spring 2018)

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Do you have a child aged 11-18 who has engaged with mental health services?
Has your child ever experienced a change in their psychiatric diagnosis?

Consider participating in our research project!

We are a team of researchers from University College Dublin conducting a project called
Prevalence and Experience of Diagnostic Shifts in Youth Mental Health (PAEDS). The project is
funded by the European Commission. More information about the project can be found at
https://paedsdiagnosis.ucd.ie/.

For young people experiencing emotional and behavioural difficulties, it is quite common that
their diagnosis will change over the course of their engagement with mental health services.
Diagnoses can be changed for many different reasons. Despite the frequency with which this
happens, no research has explored how young people and their families experience these
diagnostic changes. Our study aims to identify any challenges that diagnostic changes present
for young people. We want to use this information to improve support to families during this
potentially confusing time.

For our study, we would like to interview young people across Ireland who have undergone a
diagnostic change. We would also like to interview their parents. We would like people to tell us,
in their own words, how they understood the reasons for the change in diagnosis, and whether
the diagnostic change caused any difficulties for them. All participation will be completely
anonymous and confidential. This study has received ethical approval from the UCD Human
Research Ethics Committee and the interviewer has been fully vetted by the Gardaí.

By contributing to this study, you will help improve our understanding of young people’s
experience of diagnostic changes and raise awareness of the challenges diagnostic changes
can present. We hope to use the research to improve clinical communication of diagnostic
changes and make the transition process easier for young people and their families. As a token
of our appreciation for their time, we will offer participants
a €20 One4All gift voucher.

If you have a child aged between 11-18, who has previously experienced a change in their
psychiatric diagnosis
, we would like to invite your family to take part in this study. To find out
more about participating in the study, please contact the researcher, Dr C
liodhna O’Connor at
the details below. She will explain the study and answer any questions you may have.

Contact Details: Dr Cliodhna O’Connor
Email: cliodhna.oconnor1@ucd.ie

Phone: 01 716 8336 

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