Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp 103–108 | Cite as

Appointment compliance behavior of community mental health patients: A discriminant analysis

  • Joseph G. P. Paolillo
  • Terry W. Moore


This study evaluated various demographic and psychiatric signs and symptoms of community mental health clients in an attempt to identify those variables which influence appointment compliance behavior. A sample of 172 non-psychotic clients with a primary diagnosis of neurosis, personality disorder, or transient-situational disturbance were studied utilizing discriminant analysis. The results indicate that approximately 85 percent of the clients were properly classified as either compliant or non-compliant in their appointment behavior. The implications for mental health care are discussed.


Public Health Health Care Mental Health Health Psychology Discriminant Analysis 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. Albers, R. J., & Scrivner, L. L. The Structure of Attrition During Apprasal.Community Mental Health Journal, 1977,13, 325–332.Google Scholar
  2. Becker, M. H., & Maiman, L. A.: Sociobehavioral Determinants of Compliance with Health and Medical Care Recommendations.Medical Care, 1975,13, 10–24.Google Scholar
  3. Blackwell, B. Treatment Adherence.British Joulnal of Psychiatry, 1976,129, 513–531.Google Scholar
  4. Brodie, A. M., & Creedon, C. F. Predictors of Cancellation in an Oregon Involuntary Commitment Program.Community Mental Health Journal, 1982,18, 151–158.Google Scholar
  5. Eisenbeis, R. A., & Avery, R. B.Discriminant Analysis and Classification Procedures. Lexington Books, 1972.Google Scholar
  6. Elpers, J. R. Management and Programmatic Constraints on Community Mental Health Services.Hospital and Community Psychiatry, 1977,13, 325–332.Google Scholar
  7. Haynes, R. B., Tayler, D. W., & Sackett D. L. (Eds).Compliance in Health Care. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1979.Google Scholar
  8. Hertz, P., & Stamps, P. L., Appointment-Keeping Behavior Re-evaluated.American Journal of Public Health, 1977,11, 1033–1036.Google Scholar
  9. Lachenbruch, A. M.Discriminant Analysis. Hafner Press, 1975.Google Scholar
  10. Sackett, D. L. & Haynes, R. B. (Eds).Compliance With Therapentic Regimens Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. 1976.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Human Sciences Press 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph G. P. Paolillo
    • 1
  • Terry W. Moore
    • 2
  1. 1.University of WyomingLaramie
  2. 2.Southeast Wyoming Mental Health CenterLaramie

Personalised recommendations