Patients dropping out of treatment in Italy

M. Morlino, G. Martucci, V. Musella, M. Bolzan, G. De Girolamo

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalActa Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Volume92
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1995

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Keywords

  • Drop-out
  • Treatment

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Neuroscience(all)

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Morlino, M., Martucci, G., Musella, V., Bolzan, M., & De Girolamo, G. (1995). Patients dropping out of treatment in Italy. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 92(1), 1-6.

Patients dropping out of treatment in Italy. / Morlino, M.; Martucci, G.; Musella, V.; Bolzan, M.; De Girolamo, G.

In: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, Vol. 92, No. 1, 1995, p. 1-6.

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Morlino, M, Martucci, G, Musella, V, Bolzan, M & De Girolamo, G 1995, 'Patients dropping out of treatment in Italy', Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, vol. 92, no. 1, pp. 1-6.
Morlino M, Martucci G, Musella V, Bolzan M, De Girolamo G. Patients dropping out of treatment in Italy. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica. 1995;92(1):1-6.
Morlino, M. ; Martucci, G. ; Musella, V. ; Bolzan, M. ; De Girolamo, G. / Patients dropping out of treatment in Italy. In: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica. 1995 ; Vol. 92, No. 1. pp. 1-6.
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