Who keeps the first outpatient appointment?

  title={Who keeps the first outpatient appointment?},
  author={Paul J Carpenter and Gary R. Morrow and Andrew C Del Gaudio and B A Ritzler},
  journal={The American journal of psychiatry},
  volume={138 1},
The authors studied 1,106 consecutive patients who called for an initial outpatient appointment at a medical center department of psychiatry during a one-year period. The 759 (68.6%) patients who kept their initial scheduled appointment differed from the 347 (31.4%) who did not in age, previous psychiatric treatment, source of referral, chief complaint, and number of days they waited for an appointment. A telephone follow-up conducted with almost 30% of those who did not keep their initial… CONTINUE READING

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