DecreasingCancellation Rates in Therapy
Lessening/decreasingCancellation Rates in Therapy
Thepractice of therapies and particularly FamilyTherapieshas been on the rice in the United States, as couples has frequentlylooked for the advice of psychologists regarding different andvarying reasons in their marriages. It is a type of psychologicalcounselling, that its main idea is to help members of a family toimprove communication as well as finding conflicts solutions.In spite of its key use and importance, there has been a negativetrend within the family therapy practice whereby an increase in thenumber of families cancelling scheduled for the therapy services(Nichols, 2013).
Inreference to different studies done about the family therapyservices, client’s fails to return after initial therapy session orfail to turn up at all. Although numerous factors are cited to bebehind the premature client termination, one major reason is thedissatisfaction with the therapist. However, different measures havebeen invented to arrest and reverse the cancellation rates in familytherapy. The following list suggests measures to cut down on theno-show as well as the cancellation of families that are scheduledfor family therapy services (Lester & Harris, 2007).
Avoid long or rather reduce the waiting time for clients to book a meeting or an appointment. The booking/waiting time is very detrimental in reducing the number of cancellations in a day. The practitioners should avoid keeping the clients waiting, the more they wait, the lesser they honor the appointment, hence more and more cancellations experienced (Lester & Harris, 2007).
It’s also important to track down the reasons behind the cancellation by each patient, as trends in excuses can help derive solutions
In order to avert the trend, the therapists can reward patients who show up on time with something like discounts on their bills. This will attract more patients to honor their scheduled meetings (Nichols, 2013).
As a therapist, it is wise to develop strong relations with patients in order to increase their commitments to the practice of therapy. This can be done through assigning of nurses to specific nurses to work and follow up with clients.
Additionally, therapists should practice effective management and reporting in the case of the patients. Therapist practitioners are encouraged to practice patient management in order to keep a track of them regarding no-shows and cancellation (Stephens, 2005).
Inconclusion, the initiative to reverse the cancellation trend of thefamily therapy clients can be reverted, ad as seen, differentmeasures can be used to reduce the cancellation rates. These includethe use of rewards for the clients, effective patient managementamong others.
Lester,S., & Harris, S. M. (2007). Factors Associated with First SessionNonattendance at a
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