Knowledge and Resource Hub
16 July 2018

Integrated (one-stop shop) youth health care: Best available evidence and future directions

This article examines the role of integrated health care which includes physical and mental health and social care services in improving young people's wellbeing. Evidence from evaluations of these types of services show they provide assistance with mental health issues for young people who otherwise may not have sought help from other types of services. When services are evaluated, young people report benefits from the services they have received and being satisfied with the services. Such services have promising outcomes for most clients in terms of symptomatic and functional recovery; however those with more severe presenting symptoms and those receiving fewer treatment sessions have failed to benefit. There is a need for further evaluations of outcomes from these services and for the development of best practice models of service delivery.