What is the project about?
The PAEDS Diagnosis Project is a research study exploring the phenomenon of diagnostic shifts in youth mental healthcare settings.
Psychiatric diagnoses can be very important in helping young people and their families make sense of the difficulties they are experiencing. Sometimes, for various reasons, mental health clinicians may decide to change a young person’s diagnosis.
Our research project aims to develop a develop a better understanding of what happens when diagnoses change. Questions we wish to answer include:
How frequently do diagnostic transitions occur in child and adolescent mental health settings?
What are the most common reasons for a change in diagnosis?
How do young people and their families make sense of diagnostic shifts?
Do diagnostic shifts cause any difficulties for young people or their families?