Journal article

Is 'minimally adequate treatment' really adequate? investigating the effect of mental health treatment on quality of life for children with mental health problems

Jemimah Ride, Li Huang, Melissa Mulraney, Harriet Hiscock, David Coghill, Michael Sawyer, Emma Sciberras, Kim Dalziel

Journal of Affective Disorders | ELSEVIER | Published : 2020


BACKGROUND: Minimally adequate treatment (MAT) is intended to represent treatment minimally sufficient for common mental health problems. For children, MAT has been defined over a twelve-month period as either eight or more mental health visits, or four to seven visits plus relevant medication. MAT is used to identify those missing out on adequate care, but it is unknown whether MAT improves children's outcomes. METHODS: This paper examines whether MAT is associated with improved outcomes for children. It uses survey data from the nationally representative Longitudinal Study of Australian children on 596 children with mental health problems based on the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnai..

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Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Awarded by NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship

Awarded by NHMRC Career Development Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children was funded by the Australian Government. The writing of this paper was supported by a Project Grant (1129957) from the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). H.H. is supported by an NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship (1136222). E.S. is funded by an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (1110688) and a veski Inspiring Women's Fellowship. This research was supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program to the MCRI. The funders had no role in the study design, or in the collection, analysis or interpretation of data, or in writing the manuscript.