Worden etnische verschillen in de toegankelijkheid en het gebruik van de jeugd-GGz minder?
SourceTSG. Tijdschrift voor Gezondheidswetenschappen, 91, 7, (2013), pp. 422-428
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The organisation of childcare in the Netherlands was changed radically in the past ten years. Very little is known about the changes in accessibility and continuity of mental healthcare for patients aged 0 to 18 years after the new Childcare Act passed into law on 11 January 2005. Data from the Rotterdam psychiatric case register were used to investigate changes in incidence rates and patterns of care in the years 2001-2003 and 2008-2010. The number of new patients in child and youth mental healthcare was higher in the years 2008-2010 then in the previous period. Child and youth mental healthcare reaches fewer patients from ethnic groups as compared to the native population. Over 40% of new patients stayed in care for a brief period. Treatment episodes in mental health care were 3 to 4 months. The number of short treatments and the number of more intensive care have increased, but this concerned mainly the native population. Since the new Childcare Act passed into law, accessibility of mental healthcare for ethnic groups has not improved much. No differences between ethnic groups in short- or long-term dropout were found, but more research is needed into changes in health care demand and service delivery.
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