Making Psychotherapy Available in the United States: Implementation Challenges and Solutions
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About 46.6 million Americans have mental illnesses, yet profound treatment gaps exist in this country. Among those receiving treatment, most are treated solely with medication, even though >50% prefer to include psychotherapy in treatment. Other countries have changed policies to enhance access to evidence-based psychotherapy, resulting in availability and utilization reflective of patient preferences. To improve access to these treatments, the U.S. health care system would need to seek agreement among stakeholders regarding what constitutes effective treatment; enhance training, credentialing, and continuing education requirements; implement quality measures; integrate services into nontraditional venues; and incentivize best practices.
United States; Mental illnesses; Psychotherapy; Mental health care; US health care system
Medicine and Health Sciences | Mental and Social Health | Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy
Areán, P. A.,
Renn, B. N.,
Making Psychotherapy Available in the United States: Implementation Challenges and Solutions.
Psychiatric Services, 72(2),