What is it about?
This review paper shows that it is effective to offer people seeking substance use treatment, and potentially also those seeking treatment for other mental health disorders, financial incentives to encourage them to attend treatment, take medication, and meet treatment goals.
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Why is it important?
Individuals pursuing mental health treatment often do not attend initial appointments, discontinue treatment early, and do not complete homework or other treatment goals, all of which can lead to poor outcomes. Financial incentives effectively increase patients' treatment attendance, medication adherence, and treatment goal completion, suggesting that offering incentives may increase treatment engagement and potentially improve treatment outcomes.
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This page is a summary of: Do financial incentives increase mental health treatment engagement? A meta-analysis., Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, June 2022, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/ccp0000737.
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