What makes a ‘no-show’ patient more likely?

Patients are more likely to miss doctor appointments on Mondays, in winter, and if they are young and female, research suggests.

About one in five patients fail to turn up to scheduled appointments, according to an analysis of 12 years of administrative data from one primary care clinic and nine specialist clinics in the US.

The rate of no-shows tends to be highest on Mondays and during winter, and lowest on Tuesdays and during the summer, the study shows.

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