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NCJ Number: 210923 Find in a Library
Title: Collaborative Data-Mining in an Adolescent Mental Health Service: Clinicians Speak of Their Experience
Journal: Social Work in Mental Health  Volume:3  Issue:3  Dated:2005  Pages:305-317
Author(s): Dianne Ciro; Michael Nembhard
Date Published: 2005
Page Count: 13
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Clinicians at New York City's Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center (AHC) describe their experience as participants in a collaborative clinical data-mining project intended to promote staff reflection and improve services to adolescents seeking mental health services at AHC.
Abstract: The 12 AHC clinicians whose experiences are described in this article were integrally involved in conducting and writing a series of studies that "mined" the clinical information obtained from a self-report questionnaire ("Adquest") completed by adolescents coming to AHC services. This labor-intensive, year-long project placed clinicians in the unfamiliar roles of project management, overseeing the work of clinical peers, establishing reasonable expectations of one another regarding deadlines, and identifying when and where help might be needed. Despite initial fears, clinicians found that these challenges were offset by skills they already possessed, such as expert knowledge of the client and the challenges to be faced in engaging adolescents in psychotherapy. On the other hand, there were challenges to be faced due to their unfamiliarity with research methodology. This challenge was met through the guidance, support, and technical help they received from consultants throughout the project. Overall, the clinicians were enthused about their project experiences, since they expanded their knowledge and skills and had the opportunity to reflect on their work and sharpen their assessment and engagement skills. Pointers are provided for clinicians interested in practice research. 27 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile mental health services
Index Term(s): Data analysis; Data collection devices; Data collections; New York; Organization development; Research design; Research methods; Research programs
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