Analysis of the Effect of Patients’ Clinical Conditions on No-Shows

Sangbok Lee, Kitaek Park, Kwanghun Chung


This study focuses on analyzing no-shows associated with patients’ clinical characteristicsdescribed by diagnoses in their medical data. A dataset of 7,055 patient-records from a Veterans hospital in the United States was used to test if there is difference on no-shows along with each patient’s diagnosed diseases and the number of diagnoses. Patients with mental diseases such as drug dependence abuse and major depression, and chronic diseases such as hypertension are more likely to no-show. In comparisons with the number of diagnoses, the no-show decreases as the number of diagnoses increases up to four and doesn’t change significantly afterwards. We provide managerial insights on clinical operations problems from statistical analysis. We believe that our results can be used to develop appropriate solutions on no-shows in clinics.

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