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A comparative study of psychotherapy referrals.
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PMID:  1571307     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This retrospective study examines the effects of a change in policy in the method of offering appointments for assessment to patients referred to an out-patient psychotherapy service. It was anticipated that the new system would reduce the frequency of non-attendance (DNAs) at assessment interviews, increase the proportion of attenders judged suitable for psychotherapy and reduce the proportion of early dropouts amongst those commencing therapy. Results confirmed a reduction in DNAs, but suitability for therapy was not enhanced, nor did the rate of early dropouts diminish. With the new system, proportionately fewer referrals were assessed and fewer commenced therapy, suggesting that it has created a barrier to use of the service.
M Chiesa
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The British journal of medical psychology     Volume:  65 ( Pt 1)     ISSN:  0007-1129     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Med Psychol     Publication Date:  1992 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-06-04     Completed Date:  1992-06-04     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370640     Medline TA:  Br J Med Psychol     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  5-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Cassel Hospital, Richmond, Surrey, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Appointments and Schedules*
Health Resources / trends*
Patient Dropouts
Psychotherapy / trends*
Referral and Consultation / trends*
Retrospective Studies
State Medicine / trends*

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