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Healthcare Utilization Following Cognitive‐Behavioral Treatment for Panic Disorder with Agoraphobia

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The aim of this study was to examine the overall changes in healthcare services utilization after providing an empirically supported cognitive-behavioral treatment for panic disorder with agoraphobia. Data on healthcare utilization were collected for a total of 84 adults meeting DSM-IV criteria. Participants were completers of a cognitive-behavioral treatment for panic disorder with agoraphobia. Data on utilization of healthcare services and medication were obtained from semi-structured interviews from baseline to 1-year after treatment. Results of the Friedman non-parametric analysis reveal a significant decrease in overall and mental health-related costs following treatment. This study shows a significant reduction in healthcare costs following cognitive behavior therapy for panic disorder with agoraphobia. More studies are needed to examine the potential long-term cost-offset effect of empirically supported treatments for panic disorder.

Keywords: anxiety disorders; cognitive behavior therapy; cost study; healthcare costs; medication; panic disorder with agoraphobia; psychotherapy

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Hôpital du Sacré‐Coeur, Montréal, Canada

Publication date: June 1, 2005

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