The aim of this study was to investigate aspects of the phenomenon of no-show'for initial screening in a community mental health centre (CMHC).
First, the no-show'rate was assessed and possible differences between the show'and no-show'populations were studied.
The no-show'individuals were then approached to ask about their reasons for their no-show and about any subsequent help seeking.
Included in this study were all adults referred to the Maastricht CMHC between December 1995 and April 1997.
The no-show'rate was assessed for the referrals in 1996.
In May 1997 a brief questionnaire, concerning the no-show reason and further help-seeking was sent to all 202 individuals who failed to keep the first appointment in the 15-month period.
The no-show'rate in 1996 was 9.6% (165 out of 1716 individuals).
The most prevalent reasons for no-show'were the waiting list, lack of motivation and resolution of the mental health problem.
The presenting complaint was still present in 78.7% of the no-show'subjects.
Most of them had received treatment from their GP, social worker or a private practice.
Despite persistence of their problem, 29% didn't seek further treatment.
An equal number of subjects solved their problem before the screening interview.
The no-show'rate in this population was very low. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Utilisation, Service santé, Santé mentale, Pays Bas, Europe, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Use, Health service, Mental health, Netherlands, Europe, Human
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0351061
Code Inist : 002B18H05B. Création : 14/12/1999.