Preparing clients on what to expect during therapy and taking steps to promote their continued attendance can help tackle the problem of non-completion, say Martin Clarke and colleagues
Around one third of people with personality disorder do not complete treatment. It is important to improve engagement because non-completion of treatment is associated with poorer clinical outcomes. Possible strategies include offering clients choice of, and preparation for, therapy, negotiating treatment goals, strengthening hope from the start, and using an engagement action plan to identify and address potential obstacles to engagement.
Mental Health Practice. 17, 8, 23-27. doi: 10.7748/mhp2014.05.17.8.23.e894Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer reviewConflict of interest
Received: 31 May 2013
Accepted: 01 October 2013
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