Research Article

Attitudes to the psychiatric outpatient clinic.

Br Med J 1975; 3 doi: (Published 23 August 1975) Cite this as: Br Med J 1975;3:469
  1. D H Skuse


    Fifty patients were interviewed before their first ever appointment at a psychiatric outpatient clinic about their attitude to the forthcoming visit. Many did not know that it was a psychiatrist they were to see at the hospital. Widespread misconceptions about the nature of a psychiatric consultation were uncovered. Many felt the referral carried an implicit threat of social stigma. Patient's misconceptions were relieved, and only 13% subsequently failed to attend the clinic compared with 30% of a control group.