Thursday, 25 September 2014

Who turns up to Improving Access to Psychological Therapy Services Initial Appointments?

Laura Di Bona, a RAT group researcher, and others from the University of Sheffield have just had a paper published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, entitled:

Predictors of patient non-attendance at Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) services demonstration sites.

They found that the clinical characteristics of risk to self, severity of emotional distress, and illness duration, along with site, were more predictive of IAPT non-attendance than socio-demographic characteristics.

They suggest that clinicians should, therefore, monitor IAPT uptake in those they refer and implement strategies to increase their engagement with services, particularly when referring people presenting with suicidal ideation or more chronic illness.

The full article can be downloaded here. 
Laura Di Bona

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