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A project to assess how well treatments aimed at improving the mental health of children and young people with long term conditions work

 

Grant success: Project to assess the effectiveness of mental health interventions for children with long term physical conditions

A team from PenCLAHRC and the University of Exeter in collaboration with clinicians from Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Institute of Child Health at University College London have been awarded a grant of £285,000 to carry out a study which aims to increase our understanding of how to improve the mental health of children and young people with long term physical health conditions.  The project, funded by the NIHR Health Technology Assessment programme, will critically appraise all the relevant published research studies to assess how well treatments aimed at improving the mental health of children and young people with long term conditions work.  In addition, strands of quantitative and qualitative evidence will be synthesised through the refinement and continued development of a conceptual framework.  The project team will work with children and young people with first-hand experience of long-term conditions and mental health issues, and their families, as well as the health care practitioners that work with them to ensure that the work is meaningful and relevant.

We are very excited to be working on this worthwhile project and are currently looking for two researchers to join the team (vacancy details).