Are you a psychiatrist who is facing the problem of missed appointments from patients? The dwindling number of patient visits would have troubled you for a long time. Have you frequently found yourself facing the fear of losing your patients altogether? Why is it that your patients frequently fail to show up for their scheduled visits?
A lot of psychiatric disorders are associated with depression and social isolation whereby the patient cuts himself off from the society and refuses to see anyone, frequently missing his appointments.
LACK OF INSIGHT
Also known as “Anosognosia”, lack of insight on the part of the patient that he is suffering from any psychiatric disorder is another of the causes that patients do not visit psychiatrists as they are unaware of their own condition.
LACK OF EMPATHY
People are usually overwhelmed with their condition because people around them are less willing to understand that they might be suffering from an acute psychiatric illness. They prefer to remain within the confines of their homes rather than letting people see them going to a psychiatrist.
THE FEAR OF BEING DIAGNOSED AS “MENTAL PATIENT”
People are usually scared that something will come up and they will be labeled as being a “mental patient”. These misnomers that have been associated with psychiatric disorders by the ignorant are one of the primary reasons why people give a wide berth to psychiatrists’ clinics.
Sometimes, the pull of addiction is even stronger than the urge to get help and people opt for taking the easy way out, missing their appointments altogether.
HOW TO OVERCOME THE SITUATION?
The problem is not an irredeemable one. You can take help of technological advancement to overcome the missed appointments problem. Myriads of mobile apps exist that can be used to remotely contact and win the trust of your patients. If they prefer not to come to the clinic, you can approach your patients within the comfort of their homes for early diagnosis and treatment. This way, you can dispel the fear of losing patients altogether and put them on the road to early treatment.