The accelerated intake: A method for increasing initial attendance to outpatient cocaine treatment

David S. Festinger, R. J. Lamb, Kimberly C. Kirby, Douglas B. Marlowe

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We examined whether offering an accelerated (same-day) versus a standard (1- to 7-day delay) intake appointment increased initial attendance at an outpatient cocaine treatment program. Significantly more of the subjects who were offered an accelerated intake (59%) attended than those who were given a standard intake (33%), X2 (2, N = 78) = 4.198, p < .05. The accelerated intake procedure appears to be useful for enhancing enrollment in outpatient addiction treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)387-389
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996



  • Adherence
  • Appointment keeping
  • Call-appointment interval
  • Drug abuse treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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