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Exploring interprofessional collaboration during the implementation of a parent-infant mental health service: A qualitative study

Moran, P. M., Coates, R. ORCID: 0000-0002-6944-6428, Ayers, S. ORCID: 0000-0002-6153-2460 , Olander, E. K. ORCID: 0000-0001-7792-9895 & Bateson, K. J. (2022). Exploring interprofessional collaboration during the implementation of a parent-infant mental health service: A qualitative study. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 37(6), pp. 877-885. doi: 10.1080/13561820.2022.2145274


We examined interprofessional working in a newly implemented parent-infant mental health service team supporting families experiencing bonding and attachment difficulties. The aim was to identify forms of interprofessional work undertaken, barriers and facilitators of this work, and families' and healthcare professionals' perceptions of it. Semi-structured interviews were carried out with 21 stakeholders (5 parents, 4 team clinicians, 9 service referrers, 3 service commissioners) and were analyzed thematically. Interprofessional activities identified included building the service team's cohesion and shared practice, building partner networks, interagency communication, coordination of roles, and raising awareness of infant mental health and parent-infant relationship needs. Enablers and barriers to interprofessional working were broadly consistent with findings from previous studies of related services, but with additional emphasis on consultative work as an enabler. Healthcare professionals reported benefiting from the case consultations and training on infant mental health provided by the service team. Parents reported that good interprofessional working enhanced satisfaction and engagement with the service. Findings indicate the centrality of interprofessional working for parent-infant mental health teams, with implications for future service implementation, service development, and understanding of mechanisms by which such services may influence family outcomes.

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Additional Information: © 2022 The Author(s). Published with license by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Publisher Keywords: Parents, infant, family, perinatal care, interprofessional relations, qualitative evaluation
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Midwifery & Radiography
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