Development of quality indicators for youth mental health in primary care

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Quality indicators are becoming increasingly important in primary care service delivery but despite the focus on involving patients in health services research and service development there are few examples of youth participation in quality improvement for primary care mental health. Similarly, investigating youth views on help seeking has not been done by involving young people as co-researchers. This means that current quality assessment and the evidence on which policies regarding youth mental health in primary care are based may not fully represent experiences and needs of young people.

This study aims to understand young people’s views on seeking help for mental health problems and the role of primary care and to develop a set of user-generated quality indicators for managing youth mental health problems in primary care. A secondary aim is to seek professionals views of the user-generated quality indicators. The overall objective of this study is to achieve these aims by involving young service users as co-researchers using a participatory research model.
Date of Award1 Apr 2012
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • King's College London
SupervisorAndre Tylee (Supervisor) & Diana Rose (Supervisor)

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