Decision making on (dis)continuation of long-term treatment in mental health services is an interpersonal negotiationrather than an objective process

qualitative study

B.K.G. (Berno) van Meijel, G. Hutschemaekers, Bauke Koekkoek en Anouk Perquin
Soort object
Background: Research into termination of long-term psychosocial treatment of mental disorders is scarce. Yearly 25% of people in Dutch mental health services receive long-term treatment. They account for many people, contacts, and costs. Although relevant in different health care systems, (dis)continuation is particularly problematic under universal health care coverage when secondary services lack a fixed (financially determined) endpoint. Substantial, unaccounted, differences in treatment duration exist between services. Understanding of underlying decisional processes may result in improved decision making, efficient allocation of scarce resources, and more personalized treatment.