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Treatment dropouts are people who cease participation in mental or physical health treatments or treatment programs against the advice of the professionals involved.

Characteristics of treatment dropoutsEdit

Systemic and organizational causes of treatment dropoutEdit

Preventative strategies to reduce treatment dropoutEdit

  • Improved assessment
  • Improved client treatment matching
  • Improved listening to clients expressed preferences for therapist and or treatment

Psychotherapy dropoutsEdit

Main article: Psychotherapy dropouts

In general terms 30-40% of people referred for psychological treatment of various kinds will dropout[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. Aubrey, R., Self, R. & Halstead, J.E. (2003) Early nonattendance as a predictor of continued nonattendance and subsequent attrition from psychological help. Clinical Psychology, 32, 6-10

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