Transition as a topic in psychiatry training throughout Europe: trainees' perspectives

Gaelle Hendrickx, Veronique De Roeck, Frédérick Russet, Gwen Dieleman, Tomislav Franic, Athanasios Maras, Fiona McNicholas, Moli Paul, Paramala Santosh, Ulrike Schulze, Giulia Signorini, Swaran P Singh, Cathy Street, Helena Tuomainen, Frank Verhulst, Dieter Wolke, Diane Purper-Ouakil, Sabine Tremmery, MILESTONE Consortium

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The majority of adolescents with mental health problems do not experience continuity of care when they reach the transition boundary of their child and adolescent mental health service. One of the obstacles for a smooth transition to adult mental health services concerns the lack of training for health-care professionals involved in the transition process. This study aims to seek psychiatric trainees' opinions regarding training on transition and the knowledge and skills required for managing transition. A survey was distributed to trainees residing in European countries. Trainees from 36 countries completed the questionnaire, of which 63% reported that they came into contact with youth and young adults (16-26 years) during their clinical practice. Twenty-seven percent of trainees stated they have good to very good knowledge about the transition process. Theoretical training about transition was reported in only 17% of the countries, and practical training in 28% of the countries. Ninety-four percent of trainees indicated that further training about transition is necessary. The content of subsequent transition-related training can be guided by the findings of the MILESTONE project.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-49
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Mar 9 2019


  • Europe
  • Psychiatry
  • Trainee
  • Training
  • Transition


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