The aim of this study was to explore the extent and the specific features of drop-out for patients having a first contact with an university psychiatric outpatient clinic in Italy over the course of 1 year and to determine which variables were associated with early termination of treatment.
Of the 158 patients selected for this study, there was an overall 3-month drop-out rate following the first visit of 63% Of the 59 patients who had returned once after the initial contact, 28 interrupted subsequently the treatment, although the therapist's plan included further visits.
The overall drop-out rate at 3 months was thus 82%. The only 2 variables associated with drop-out rates were the patients'perception of the severity of their disorder and the psychiatric history : continuing patients were more frequently in agreement with the clinician's judgment as compared with those who dropped out and were more likely to have already been in psychiatric treatment.
Mots-clés Pascal : Trouble psychiatrique, Abandon traitement, Observance thérapeutique, Enquête, Italie, Europe, Organisation santé, Santé mentale, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Mental disorder, Treatment dropout, Treatment compliance, Inquiry, Italy, Europe, Public health organization, Mental health, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0422913
Code Inist : 002B18I12. Création : 01/03/1996.