What is it about?
Given the low engagement rates of families in outpatient mental health clinics across the U.S., this study used a validated Psychosocial Assessment Tool (PAT) to elucidate and address family engagement barriers to increase therapy attendance to first appointments. The PAT intervention was highly effective in increasing engagement.
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Why is it important?
Families who do not access mental health care do not receive the treatment they need. One simple change to the intake process showed to be highly feasible and effective and increasing attendance to first psychotherapy appointments, and patient commitment to the clinic.
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This page is a summary of: Assessing barriers to engagement in a community mental health center using the Psychosocial Assessment Tool (PAT)., Psychological Services, March 2022, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/ser0000648.
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