Readiness for psychological treatment: initiating an appointment following GP referral

Stuckings, L., Campbell, A., and Mitchell, G. (2007) Readiness for psychological treatment: initiating an appointment following GP referral. In: Australian Journal of Psychology: combined abstracts of 2007 Australian psychology conferences: the abstracts of the 42nd annual conference of the Australian Psychological Society (59) pp. 346-347. From: 42nd Annual Conference of the Australian Psychological Society, 25-29 September 2007, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

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Much of the research into attendance to psychological services has investigated the predictors after the initiation of an appointment or following prior attendance. The aim of this study was to assess why some patients that are referred for treatment do not make contact for a first appointment. By investigating the factors that result in a patient not contacting it would assist referrers and psychological services to save time and money, to know whether they should be followed up, and to identify ways to support and increase the likelihood that they will contact and attend a service. The Sunshine Coast GP Allied Health Service, established by the Sunshine Coast Division of General Practice and funded by the Commonwealth Government's Better Outcomes in Mental Health Initiative, was chosen for investigation. Patients referred during a three month period were followed up whether they had contacted or not. The Health Behaviour Model and Transtheoretical Model were applied to understanding the internal and external factors that might be involved in predicting contact following referral. This study produced some interesting findings and recommendations have been made for referrers and psychological services.

Item ID: 17467
Item Type: Conference Item (Poster)
ISSN: 1742-9536
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2011 06:03
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920299 Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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