THE INFLUENCE OF MARITAL AND FAMILY THERAPY ON HEALTH CARE UTILIZATION IN A HEALTH-MAINTENANCE ORGANIZATION

Research has shown that people reduce their use of health care after individual psychotherapy. However, little research has been done to learn if marital and family therapy has a similar effect. Subjects (n = 292) from a health-maintenance organization were randomly selected according to the type of...

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Published in:Journal of marital and family therapy, Vol. 26, No. 3 (2000), p. 0
Main Author: Law, David D. (Author)
Other Involved Persons: Crane, D. Russell
Format: electronic Article
Published: Oxford, UK : Blackwell Publishing Ltd 2000
ISSN:1752-0606
Physical Description:Online-Ressource
DOI:10.1111/j.1752-0606.2000.tb00298.x
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  • Research has shown that people reduce their use of health care after individual psychotherapy. However, little research has been done to learn if marital and family therapy has a similar effect. Subjects (n = 292) from a health-maintenance organization were randomly selected according to the type of therapy they had received. Subjects' medical records were examined for 6 months before, during, and after therapy. Those who received marital and family therapy significantly reduced their use of health care services by 21.5%. These results show an “offset effect” for marriage and family therapy.