David D. Law, PhD. Department of Family and Human Development, Utah Staate university- uintah Basin: D Rkussell Carne, PhD, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, brigham Young University; Jerica M. Berge, MS, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, University of Minnesota.
THE INFLUENCE OF INDIVIDUAL, MARITAL, AND FAMILY THERAPY ON HIGH UTILIZERS OF HEALTH CARE
Version of Record online: 8 JUN 2007
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume 29, Issue 3, pages 353–363, July 2003
How to Cite
Law, D. D., Crane, D. R. and Berge, J. M. (2003), THE INFLUENCE OF INDIVIDUAL, MARITAL, AND FAMILY THERAPY ON HIGH UTILIZERS OF HEALTH CARE. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 29: 353–363. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2003.tb01212.x
- Issue online: 8 JUN 2007
- Version of Record online: 8 JUN 2007
Research has shown that people reduce their use of health care after individual, marital, and family therapy, which is known as the “offset effect.” However, little research has been done to learn if high utilizers of health care reduce health care usage after therapy. Medical records of research participants (n = 65) from a health maintenance organization (HMO) were randomly selected and examined for 6 months before, during, and after therapy. Persons who received individual, marital, or family therapy all reduced their health care use after therapy, with the largest reductions coming from those participants who had some form of conjoint therapy.