Author: Weeks J.
Conference/Journal: Integr Med (Encinitas)
Date published: 2015 Dec
Other: Volume ID: 14 , Issue ID: 6 , Pages: 18-21 , Word Count: 129
Harvard Team Finds 43% Reduction in Use of Health Care Services via Mind-Body Intervention
The understated title of the open access article at PLoS from a Harvard University–Benson-Henry Institute
mind-body team is “Relaxation Response and Resiliency Training and Its Effect on Healthcare Resource Utilization.”1 The team examined service use of more than 4000 patients in the Relaxation Response Resiliency Program (3RP) and compared them with an usual care cohort. The findings: “At one year, total utilization for the intervention group decreased by 43%, clinical encounters decreased by 41.9%, imaging by 50.3%, lab encounters by 43.5%, and procedures by 21.4%.” Measured by dollar, reduction was estimated as “on the order of $2360/patient/year.” More: http://www.scribd.com/doc/295896816/Harvard-Team-Finds-43-Reduction-in-Use-of-Health-Care-Services-via-Mind-Body-Intervention-plus-more#scribd
Relaxation response proves positive