Dementia is a chronic disorder that affects approximately 40 million individuals throughout the globe. This study provides a preliminary description of psychotherapeutic treatment for the management of dementia. This study compares treatment outcomes by both modality (individual, family, and mixed) and provider type. Results found that therapy is a low-cost treatment, however, it is not being often used for people with dementia, or their family members. Participants (n=327) include individuals with ages ranging from 46-95(M=70.52, SD=12.16). Females made up 57.5% (n=188), while males made up 42.5% (n=139) of the sample. Descriptive statistics found that the number of sessions ranged from 1-62 (M=3.17, SD=5.24). The average cost of care for one episode of care was $155.21(SD=276.16), and estimated cost-effectiveness was 207.31 (490.84). There were significant differences found when comparing modality type, with mixed therapy being significantly different than both family and individual therapy across all treatment outcomes. The only significant difference in groups of provider types was in the number of sessions in an episode of care. Findings suggest that although talk therapy treatment has been shown to be cost-effective treatment, it is not used often in treatment.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Marriage and Family Therapy
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Story, Megan Ruth, "Cost-Effectiveness of Psychotherapy and Dementia: A Comparison by Treatment Modality and Healthcare Provider" (2016). Theses and Dissertations. 6073.
dementia, cost-effectiveness, psychotherapy, treatment outcomes, family therapy