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Abstract Details

Predictors of No-show in Neurology clinics
General Neurology
P1 - Poster Session 1 (8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
No-show in ambulatory neurology clinics does not only affect the efficiency and quality of workflow, but it also directly impacts the revenue and healthcare resources available to other patients. Moreover, clinic no show has significant implications on patients including delayed diagnosis and treatment, clinical worsening, and affects the management of medications that require close laboratory follow up such as anticonvulsant medications and immunotherapies. 
In this study, we aim to identify predictors of a no-show in neurology clinics at our institution. We conducted a retrospective review of neurology clinics from July 2013 through September 2018.  
We compared the odds ratio of patients who missed appointments (no-show) to those who were present at appointments (show) in terms of age, lead-time, subspecialty, race, gender, quarter of the year, insurance type, and distance from hospital.  
There were 60,012 (84%) show and 11,166 (16%) no-show patients. With each day increase in lead time, odds of no-show increased by a factor of 1.0019 (p < 0.0001). Odds of no-show were higher in younger (p ≤ 0.0001, OR = 0.49) compared to older (age ≥ 60) patients and in women (p < 0.001, OR = 1.1352) compared to men. They were higher in Black/African American (p < 0.0001, OR = 1.4712) and lower in Asian (p = 0.03, OR = 0.6871) and American Indian/Alaskan Native (p = 0.055, OR = 0.6318) as compared to White/Caucasian. Patients with Medicare (p < 0.0001, OR = 1.5127) and Medicaid (p < 0.0001, OR = 1.3354) had higher odds of no-show compared to other insurance.  
Young age, female, Black/African American, long lead time to clinic appointments, Medicaid/Medicare insurance, and certain subspecialties (resident and stroke clinics) are associated with high odds of no show. Possible suggested interventions include better communication and flexible appointments for the high-risk groups as well as utilizing telemedicine. 
Thirumalaivasan Dhasakeerthi, MBBS (UAMS)
Dr. Dhasakeerthi has nothing to disclose.
Hisham Gibriel Bakhiet Elkhider, MD Dr. Elkhider has nothing to disclose.
Rohan Sharma, MD (Mayo Clinic in Florida) Dr. Sharma has nothing to disclose.
Abhilash Thatikala, MD, MBBS, DM (UAMS) Dr. Thatikala has nothing to disclose.
Krishna Nalleballe, MD, FAAN Dr. Nalleballe has nothing to disclose.
Sanjeeva Reddy Onteddu, MD, FAAN (UMass Medical School) Dr. Onteddu has nothing to disclose.