Two methods of patient intake in a child psychiatry outpatient clinic were compared. In one, appointments were made immediately upon request; in the second, completion of a parental questionnaire was required before an appointment was made. Results indicated that a commitment from the parent/guardian evidenced by completing a parent-questionnaire prior to the screening appointment 1) significantly increased the attendance rate at first appointments, and 2) increased compliance in follow-up treatment. These findings indicate the importance of improved communication between parents and clinic personnel in facilitating the treatment of children.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Journal of Clinical Psychiatry|
|State||Published - 1986|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatry and Mental health