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Prevalence, factors and reasons associated with missed first appointments among out-patients with schizophrenia at the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Benin City

  • Felicia Ibironke Thomas (a1), Sunday Osasu Olotu (a2) and Joyce Ohiole Omoaregba (a2)
Abstract
Background

Non-attendance to clinic appointments is associated with poorer treatment outcomes. There is a dearth of information about missed first clinic appointments among patients with schizophrenia in Nigeria.

Aims

To determine the prevalence, correlates and reasons for missed first appointment among out-patients with schizophrenia at the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Benin City, Nigeria.

Method

A cross-sectional descriptive study among 275 out-patients with schizophrenia, using the Mini International Neuro-Psychiatric Interview and the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale.

Results

The prevalence of missed first appointment was 31%. Higher BPRS score was associated with missing the appointment. The main reasons for missed appointments were: forgetting the appointment date and patient's refusal to come to the clinic.

Conclusions

Missed first out-patient clinic appointment is common among patients with schizophrenia at the study site, forgetting appointment dates being a common reason. Among other recommendations, methods of reminding patients and caregivers of appointment dates at the study location may need to be explored.

Declaration of interest

None.

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Correspondence: Dr Felicia Ibironke Thomas, MB;BS, FWACP(Psych), FMCPsych, Senior Registrar, Department of Clinical Services, Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Benin-City, Edo State, Nigeria. Email: ronke2k7@yahoo.com
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Prevalence, factors and reasons associated with missed first appointments among out-patients with schizophrenia at the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Benin City

  • Felicia Ibironke Thomas (a1), Sunday Osasu Olotu (a2) and Joyce Ohiole Omoaregba (a2)
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