Why outpatients fail to attend their scheduled appointments: a prospective comparison of differences between attenders and non-attenders.
Jacinta Collins, Nick Santamaria, Lexie Clayton
Aust Health Rev | Published : 2003
Outpatient departments lie at a critical interface between primary care and acute services. Increasing pressure to ensure efficient and effective health care delivery has resulted in outpatient departments investigating ways to minimise the number of patients failing to attend their scheduled clinic appointments. Failure to attend (FTA) is an expensive and persistent problem worldwide with rates of between 5-39% reported in the literature. Similar FTA rates have also been detected in the Australian context. This study was undertaken to further investigate the reasons for FTA by conducting a prospective comparison of 100 patients who attended their outpatient appointment with 100 patients who..View full abstract