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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: What Works

Following are a few of the voluminous studies indicating the positive value of behavioral medicine interventions:

  • An innovative intervention by Dr. James J. Strain used brief psychotherapy to reduce the duration of hospitalization for hip fracture by an average of two days.

  • One classic study by Dr. Nicholas Cummings documented that when patients who made frequent visits to medical clinics received short-term psychotherapy, their health care costs were reduced by 10 to 20 percent for several years.

  • A 1993 study by Dr. Kate Lorig of the Stanford University School of Medicine found that arthritis patients who participated in a behavioral pain management program experienced an increase in self-efficacy, an average 20 percent decline in pain, and a 40 percent reduction in visits to their doctors. Starting in 2000, Dr. Lorig's work under the Stanford NCCAM-funded program will extend for pioneering work in a study of arthritis patients learning mindfulness meditation.

  • An NIH panel reported in 1996 that use of behavioral and relaxation approaches in the treatment of chronic pain was superior to placebo in eight well-designed studies.

  • During 1997, a study by Drs. Keefe and Caldwell found behavioral interventions to be a viable alternative to conventional treatment for arthritis pain.

  • A team of researchers at the former Harvard Community Health Plan, headed by Dr. Caroline Hellman and Dr. Matthew Budd, found that cognitive behavioral interventions reduced physical and psychological distress and utilization of health care services for patients suffering for a variety of chronic diseases.

 

 

 

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From THE BEST ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: WHAT WORKS? WHAT DOES NOT? by Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier.
Copyright © 2000 by Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier, Inc.
Reprinted by permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc., New York, New York.


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