Date on Paper
Dr. Mary-Beth Coty
Dr. Kennetha Williams
No-show; appointment attendance; reminder intervention; community-based mental healthcare; referral engagement
Relative to other outpatient healthcare specialties, appointment nonattendance (no-shows) is most prevalent in psychiatric settings. Upon meeting with a community-based mental health organization in Louisville, KY (LCMHO), referral no-shows for intake appointments were identified as a significant issue. LCMHO’s intake appointment no-show rate, estimated at 25 – 40%, exceeded nonattendance trends in the literature. The purpose of this evidence-based practice (EBP) project was to develop and implement a referral engagement reminder intervention for improving intake appointment attendance. A systematic approach guided by the Model for Improvement was applied to foster this evidence-supported practice change. The project’s findings included a 16% reduction of LCMHO’s baseline no-show rate during the project implementation period. Age was the most predictive variable of no-shows, as older client referrals were more likely to miss their appointments compared to younger individuals.
Pippen, Philip E. and Pippen, Philip E., "Reducing the No-show Rate at a Community Mental Health Organization" (2022). Doctor of Nursing Practice Papers. Paper 47.
Retrieved from https://ir.library.louisville.edu/dnp/47
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