Mental Health Compliance

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Mental health patients have problems engaging with outpatient services regardless their diagnoses (Nelson, Maruish, & Axler, 2000). Evidences show that noncompliance with outpatient, especially the first follow-up, appointment is a strong predictor of adherence to treatment and readmission. Approximately two-third of mental-health clients failed to attend scheduled or rescheduled initial outpatient appointments after a hospital discharge. These patients are at risk of further deterioration, medical non adherence, relapse, and eventually re-hospitalization.
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