Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 32, Issue 1, pp 23–31 | Cite as

Case manager follow-up to failed appointments and subsequent service utilization

  • Michael B. Blank
  • Matthew Y. Chang
  • Jeanne C. Fox
  • Carol Ann Lawson
  • Jules Modlinski


Case manager responses to failed appointments were monitored for 83 seriously mentally ill persons in a rural community mental health center. Case manager actions taken were grouped into four categories of follow-up from most intensive to least intensive: home visit, phone call, letter, and no follow-up. On the whole, case managers most frequently did not follow-up missed appointments (56.7%), followed up by letters (21.3%), and telephone calls (18.7%), and home visits (3.3%). Analyses revealed that home visits were most intensive and all clients who were visited following failed appointments did not fail the subsequent appointment. Clients who received telephone calls or letters were about equally likely to fail the subsequent appointment, but were much more likely to attend the subsequent appointment than were clients who received no follow-up to the failed appointment. Interestingly, clients who failed appointments and received no follow-up were much more likely to need emergency services rather than a regular appointment as their next contact with the clinic.


Health Center Case Manager Rural Community Home Visit Phone Call 
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© Human Sciences Press, Inc 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael B. Blank
    • 1
  • Matthew Y. Chang
  • Jeanne C. Fox
  • Carol Ann Lawson
  • Jules Modlinski
  1. 1.Southeastern Rural Mental Health Research CenterUniversity of VirginiaCharlottesville

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