This paper presents results from cost-analysis research for treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in adults. Data for this research was provided by Cigna, a nation-wide healthcare manager in the United States of America. The sample size was 12,845 adults who were diagnosed with PTSD and received outpatient individual and family psychotherapy from one of the following mental health care providers: Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs), Master’s Nurses (RNs), Medical Doctors (MDs), Professional Counselors (LPCs), Psychologists (PSYs), and Social Workers (MSWs). Results were compared across treatment modality, across practitioner license type and between practitioner educational levels. The results demonstrated that family therapy was most cost effective and used the fewest sessions, while mixed therapy was least cost effective. Among practitioner licensure types MDs were found to be the most cost effective, while the group of RNs, MSWs and MFTs were least cost effective compared to one another. Also, no significant differences in cost effective treatment outcomes were found between Masters Level and Doctoral Level practitioners.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Marriage and Family Therapy
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Ingalls, Micah LaVar, "The Cost Effectiveness of Psychotherapy for Treating Adults with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder" (2015). Theses and Dissertations. 5946.
cost effectiveness, cost, post-traumatic stress disorder, ptsd, psychotherapy, family therapy