Predictors of appointment non-compliance in community mental health patients

Community Ment Health J. 1986 Summer;22(2):142-6. doi: 10.1007/BF00754552.


This study identified two variables, unemployment and alcohol or substance abuse related diagnoses, to be the only predictors of appointment non-compliance out of various demographic and clinical variables. The results also indicate that appointment non-compliance should be treated as a continuous rather than a dichotomous variable in future research. Programmatic implications for reducing noncompliance are discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Appointments and Schedules*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Community Mental Health Services*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Illinois
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / therapy*
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Compliance*