Somatoform Disorder: Treatment Utilization and Cost by Mental Health Professions
Somatoform, Somatization, Cost Mental health
Administrative data from Cigna for 149 somatoform cases were analyzed to determine the cost, number of sessions, dropout rates, and recidivism rates. Comparisons on these outcomes were made between medical doctors, psychologists, master’s nurses, master’s social workers, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors. Recidivism rates and number of sessions are higher than for other mental health problems. There were no significant difference in total cost by profession, but did indicate a significant difference in cost per session for MDs. Analyses indicate that masters and doctoral level providers produced the same drop out and recidivism rates.
Original Publication Citation
Crane, R., Morton, L., Fawcett, D., Moore, A., Larson, J., & Sandberg, J. (2012). Somatoform disorder: Treatment utilization and cost by mental health profession. Contemporary Journal of Family Therapy, 34(3), 322-333.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Crane, D. Russell; Morton, Lori B.; Fawcett, David; Moore, Adam; Larson, Jeffry; and Sandberg, Jonathan G., "Somatoform Disorder: Treatment Utilization and Cost by Mental Health Professions" (2012). Faculty Publications. 2395.
Contemporary Family Therapy
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
Springer LLC 2012