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Referral to Talk Therapy Cuts Costs, Improves Outcomes

Referral to Talk Therapy Cuts Costs, Improves Outcomes

October 5, 2011 — Adults with common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety consume more health resources than those without, a new study from the United Kingdom confirms.

“This is across the board,” Professor Simon de Lusignan, MD(Res), from the Department of Health Care Management and Policy, University of Surrey, Guildford, United Kingdom, told Medscape Medical News. They have more inpatient days, outpatient and emergency department visits, and sick days than those patients without common mental health problems, he said.

By Terry Moore

Terry Moore, MSW, LICSW is an Independently Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in Omaha, NE. He provides psychotherapy and pain management to adults, often utilizing Hypnosis. He is an Approved Training Consultant - through the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis [ASCH], the same body that issues his Certification in Hypnosis.