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Non-attendance at a psychiatric clinic

Thapar, Anita ORCID: and Ghosh, Anindya 1991. Non-attendance at a psychiatric clinic. British Journal of Psychiatry Bulletin 15 (4) , pp. 205-206. 10.1192/pb.15.4.205

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High attrition rates in psychiatric out-patient depart ments are well documented in the literature (Baekeland & Lundwall, 1975; Gillis & Egert, 1973). Non-attenders' attitudes and beliefs about their illness and treatment may provide valuable insight into reasons for not attending. This consumer orientated approach could enable clinicians not only to improve clinic attendance but to assess their treatment efficacy. The aims of this study were: (a) to assess the rate of non-attendance at a psychiatric out-patient clinic (b) to compare personal and demographic characteristics of the non-attenders with those of the attenders (c) to identify possible contributory factors for non-attendance.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute (NMHRI)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Publisher: Royal College of Psychiatrists
ISSN: 2056-4694
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2022 10:09

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