Why do people end therapy?

Posted on September 22, 2015

Recent research by Krishnamurthy and his colleagues found that patients who improve quickly are more likely to drop out before completing treatment, losing the potential for future benefit.

"We believe the heartbeat of the finding is the speed of improvement, rather than the level of improvement," said Krishnamurthy. "The faster they get better compared to where they started, the more likely they are to abandon treatment."

Another reason for this could be the stigma associated with mental health problems. Although there is no direct evidence, he said the patient might be thinking of the stigma and reasoning, "I've gotten better, so why should I continue being seen seeking treatment?"

Understanding how patients make decisions is a critical component of improving health care.

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Category(s):Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Source material from Medical News Today


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