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Improving Adherence to Mental Health Treatment in a Low-Income Clinic

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dc.contributor.author Gandy, Janice
dc.contributor.author Metzler Sawin, Erika
dc.contributor.author Zook, Sharon
dc.contributor.author Eggert, Lynne
dc.date.accessioned 2020-08-24T20:56:11Z
dc.date.available 2020-08-24T20:56:11Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.citation Gandy, J., Sawin, E. M., Zook, S., & Eggert, L. (2019). Improving Adherence to Mental Health Treatment in a Low-Income Clinic. SAGE Open. https://doi.org/10.1177/2158244019851015 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/2158244019851015
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11990/2001
dc.description.abstract The increasing prevalence of mental illness in the United States presents significant challenges for primary care providers particularly in low-income settings. Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) programs have resulted in improved general health for low-income participants; however, managing appointment adherence, in which the patient attends appointment as scheduled, is particularly challenging. The purpose of this pilot project was to implement bundled interventions at a low-income primary care clinic in a Mid-Atlantic state to improve patient adherence to behavioral health treatment using a collaborative, community-based approach. Interventions were delivered in a bundle format and included patient education, warm patient handoffs, and follow-up phone calls by behavioral health counselors. In the 4-month postintervention time frame, the average number of patients who did not come to their appointment decreased by 60%, and the average number of patients who canceled decreased by 15%. These differences were significant (χ2 = 9.263, df = 2, p < .01). This pilot project showed that patients who became engaged as active participants in a bundle of interventions were more likely to keep their appointments. (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher SAGE Open en_US
dc.subject Program Evaluation en_US
dc.subject Mental Health en_US
dc.subject Mental Health Counseling en_US
dc.subject Therapy en_US
dc.subject Treatment en_US
dc.subject Interventions en_US
dc.subject Adherence en_US
dc.subject Low Income en_US
dc.subject Poverty en_US
dc.subject Behavioral Health Interventions en_US
dc.subject Community-based en_US
dc.subject Outreach en_US
dc.subject Education en_US
dc.title Improving Adherence to Mental Health Treatment in a Low-Income Clinic en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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