Faculty Articles

Title

Pediatric Diabetes Patients Infrequently Access Outpatient Psychology Services Following Screening and Referral: Implications for Practice

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-25-2019

Publication Title

Children’s Health Care

Volume

49

Issue/Number

2

First Page

202

ISSN

1532-6888

Last Page

217

Abstract/Excerpt

Youth with diabetes are at risk for suboptimal psychological functioning. This study evaluated the prevalence of concerns and proportion of outpatient referrals provided and completed at follow-up. Participants included 100 adolescents and young adults seen at a multidisciplinary diabetes clinic. Referrals were made to 61.2% of participants for internalizing (51.6%), externalizing (8%), diabetes-related (50%), comprehensive evaluation (17%), interpersonal (10%), and other needs (3%). At follow-up, 23.7% of those referred were enrolled in outpatient services. Pediatric psychologists offer effective mental health screening and referral. Barriers to follow-up outpatient care included transportation, organization, and stigma. Implications for improving access are discussed.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1080/02739615.2019.1653763

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