Missed psychiatric appointments: who returns and who stays away.

  title={Missed psychiatric appointments: who returns and who stays away.},
  author={Landy F. Sparr and Michelle C Moffitt and Mary Frances Ward},
  journal={The American journal of psychiatry},
  volume={150 5},
OBJECTIVE This study investigated reasons for missed psychiatric appointments, rescheduling of appointments, adverse outcomes, and the association of specific diagnoses and treatments with missed appointments. METHOD A prospective survey covering all individual outpatient visits to seven mental health clinic psychiatrists was conducted during a 3-month period in 1991. Of the 1,620 scheduled visits, 142 (8.8%) were missed, representing 130 separate patients. For each missed appointment, the… CONTINUE READING


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