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Table 1 Defining continuity of care arr. Freeman et al. (2000) and (2002)

From: ‘Talking a different language’: an exploration of the influence of organizational cultures and working practices on transition from child to adult mental health services

Dimensions of continuity of care Definition
Relational, personal, therapeutic continuity ‘Providing one or more individual professionals with whom the service user can establish/maintain a consistent therapeutic relationship’
Information continuity ‘Effective communication based on excellent information transfer following the service user’
Flexible continuity Adjusting to the needs of the individual over time
Cross boundary, team continuity Effective co-ordination of services by teams/external agencies
Long term continuity ‘Provision of uninterrupted care as long as the service user requires it’
Longitudinal continuity Care by ‘as few professionals as possible’ based on need