The cost-effectiveness of psychotherapy

J Psychother Pract Res. Fall 1997;6(4):307-14.


Recent studies suggest that psychotherapy can be cost-effective, especially for certain patient populations. These patients include, among others, those with schizophrenia, those with borderline personality disorder, and certain child patients, as well as certain medical patients with concomitant psychiatric illness. In addition, several surveys and actuarial studies suggest better outcomes and cost savings are attained when psychotherapy is available as medically necessary without arbitrary restrictions.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Child
  • Child Behavior Disorders / therapy
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Mental Disorders / therapy
  • Middle Aged
  • Psychotherapy / economics*