The Impact of Engagement Processes on the First Appointment Attendance Rate at a Regional Outpatient Psychological Trauma Service.

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Abstract

The effectiveness of simple measures to increase attendance at first appointments is briefly reviewed. The Family Trauma Centre’s remit and pre-study engagement process are described. The perceived idiosyncratic aspects of inviting people suffering from psychological trauma to attend a clinical service are noted as contributory factors in initially tolerating a high first appointment DNA rate. Three new initial engagement processes are then described and results of their application to 30 referrals in total are presented. The overwhelming finding is that paying close attention to any of the three initial engagement processes significantly increases first appointment attendance. Based on these findings the Centre developed a new initial engagement protocol.. The principle that services should pay more attention to their engagement processes than on the characteristics of their client groups when seeking to reduce first appointment DNA rates is supported.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-123
Number of pages7
JournalChild Care in Practice
Volume13(2)
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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