The Influence of Diagnosis on Psychotherapy Missed Opportunities in a Veteran Population
Objective: Canceled or unattended psychotherapy sessions are a source of concern for patients, providers, and health-care systems. Veterans are particularly likely to experience mental health problems, and yet they are also especially susceptible to variables leading to premature termination of services.
Method: This study examined a large (n = 2285) sample of veterans receiving psychotherapy services to determine if mental health diagnosis had an impact upon missed psychotherapy opportunities. Results: There were differential cancelation rates for individuals with different classes of disorder, and the total number of appointments a person scheduled changed the nature of the effect.
Conclusions: Health-care administrators and treatment providers should consider the specific effects of individuals with differing diagnoses when planning courses of treatment and coordinating care.
Keeley, J. W.,
(2016). The Influence of Diagnosis on Psychotherapy Missed Opportunities in a Veteran Population. Psychotherapy Research, 26(1), 120-130.
Available at: https://aquila.usm.edu/fac_pubs/17549