OCD & Parent Experience

Parent experiences of attending a specialist clinic for assessment of their child’s obsessive compulsive disorder, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 2012,  17 (1) pp. 31–36

Hilton, K., Turner, C., Krebs, G., Volz, C. and Heyman, I.

OCD Clinic, The Michael Rutter Centre for Children and Young People, The Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill, London SE5 8AZ, UK.


Background:  There are few published studies that have examined parental satisfaction with child mental health assessment. This study reports parental satisfaction with assessment in a national and specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders.

Method:  Forty parents completed a specially developed questionnaire designed to assess expectations and experiences of attending a specialist assessment.

Results:  High levels of satisfaction were reported. Common expectations of the assessment included: advice or information about the treatment of OCD, a diagnosis or understanding of the child’s problems, and an offer of treatment.

Conclusions:  The majority of parents reported that their expectations were met, and some suggestions for improvement to the service were noted.

Lancashire Care staff can request the full-text of this paper, email: susan.jennings@lancashirecare.nhs.uk