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Not starting psychotherapy is more often initiated by the therapist than the patient
Karolinska Institutet.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2014 (English)In: Counselling Psychology Quarterly, ISSN 0951-5070, E-ISSN 1469-3674, Vol. 27, no 1, 75-95 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The phenomenon of not starting psychotherapy is seldom investigated. The present study of psychotherapy in the Swedish mental health services differentiates between patients applying for and being offered psychotherapy but choosing not to start (n = 69), patients recommended to receive no treatment, another type of treatment or treatment at another clinic (n = 133), and therapy starters (n = 1294). After the initial assessment, nearly twice as many patients did not start based on the therapist’s decision than on the patient’s. Cases of not starting psychotherapy decided by the therapist were more frequent among patients whose occupational status was less stable, presented a danger to others, had lower levels of initial therapeutic alliance, and by therapists with lower levels of psychotherapy training and those at less structured and more unstable clinics. Patients choosing not to start therapy had lower levels of mental ill-health than both starters and therapist-initiated nonstarters. The most frequently presented reason for a patient-initiated decision to not start therapy was “patient wished another treatment or therapist,” whereas the most common therapist-initiated reason was “recommended or referred to another treatment or clinic”.

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Abingdon: Routledge, 2014. Vol. 27, no 1, 75-95 p.
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nonstarters, patient factors, therapist factors, organizational factors, predictors, routine clinical practice, naturalistic study
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-108575DOI: 10.1080/09515070.2013.870533OAI: diva2:759425
Available from: 2014-10-29 Created: 2014-10-29 Last updated: 2014-11-10Bibliographically approved

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