Title

The Influence of Diagnosis on Psychotherapy Missed Opportunities in a Veteran Population

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-2016

Department

Psychology

Abstract

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.

Publication Title

Psychotherapy Research

Volume

26

Issue

1

First Page

120

Last Page

130

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