Navigation Links
When Counseling Costs, Response Dwindles
Date:2/3/2010

Not just patients but doctors, too, lose interest, study finds

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 3 (HealthDay News) -- Whether response to counseling programs on obesity and smoking is positive depends on whether the programs are free, a new study has found.

And the cost of the counseling makes a difference not just to people who might participate but also to the doctors or health-care providers who refer them to the programs, according to the study.

"Our quantitative and qualitative data underscore that clinicians, not just patients, are influenced by costs," the researchers, from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, concluded.

People responded well to free counseling programs on weight loss or smoking cessation, the study found, but participation fell dramatically when services were no longer free.

The findings are reported in the March issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

The researchers examined a program that used an electronic database system to suggest health-care counseling for adults with unhealthy behaviors. When counseling was free, 1,860 of 5,679 people who were evaluated were determined to have at least one unhealthy habit, and 407 of them were given referrals for intensive counseling, the study reported.

But after the funding ceased, 729 of 2,510 people who were evaluated were determined to have unhealthy habits and just five were referred for counseling -- a 97 percent decrease in the referral rate, according to the study.

Even when clinicians did offer a referral, 81 percent fewer patients followed through and got counseling when the counseling was not free.

"This study indicates that policymakers and payers should support clinical-community partnerships and eliminate cost as a barrier to intensive smoking-cessation and weight-loss counseling," the researchers wrote. "Modifying health behaviors is daunting enough for patients and clinicians -- cost can be the tipping point in their decision to forego the effort."

More information

Marymount College in Manhattan has more on the benefits of counseling.



-- Randy Dotinga



SOURCE: Elsevier Health Sciences, news release, Feb. 2, 2010


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Cost to patients barrier to counseling for obesity and smoking
2. Google's Email Security Change Does Not Make Online Counseling Secure: Online Counseling Clients and Counselors Risk Confidentiality Breach
3. Bridgepoint Educations University of the Rockies Introduces New Master of Arts Specialization in Career Management and Counseling
4. Phone Counseling for Depression Rings With Promise
5. Proactive, personalized telephone counseling can help teen smokers to quit
6. Research: People With Type 2 Diabetes Improved Muscular Strength and Exercise Capacity Through Physical Therapist Exercise Counseling Combined With Fitness Center Exercise Training
7. Secretary Shinseki Announces Expansion of Counseling for Combat Veterans
8. 7 Proven Steps: How to Defeat Stress Without Going Through the Embarrassment of Counseling: Proven Ways to Defeat Stress
9. NCPO: Medication and Counseling Vital for Healthcare Reform, Implementation and Future Patient Care Improvements
10. Theravive.com Expands Values Counseling and Therapy Into Michigan, Florida, and Washington State
11. Breast Self-Exam Rates Go Up With Counseling
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... Many women are confused ... endometriosis. These women need a treatment plan to not only alleviate symptoms and ... help for preservation of fertility and ultimately achieving a pregnancy. The specialists at ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 2016 , ... "With 30 hand-drawn hand gesture animations, FCPX users can easily ... of Pixel Film Studios. , ProHand Cartoon’s package transforms over 1,300 hand-drawn pictures ... . Simply select a ProHand generator and drag it above media or text in ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... On Friday, June 10, Van Mitchell, Secretary of ... award to iHire in recognition of their exemplary accomplishments in worksite health promotion. , ... Workplace Health & Wellness Symposium at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum Heights. iHire was ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... , ... June 19, 2016 is World Sickle Cell Observance Day. In an ... of holistic treatments, Serenity Recovery Center of Marne, Michigan, has issued a ... Cell Disease (SCD) is a disorder of the red blood cells, which can cause ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... CA (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... is now offering micro-osteoperforation for accelerated orthodontic treatment. Dr. Cheng has extensive experience ... Damon brackets , AcceleDent, and accelerated osteogenic orthodontics. , Micro-osteoperforation is ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- Guerbet announced today that it has been named a ... One of 12 suppliers to receive the ... of Premier members through exceptional local customer service and ... lower costs. "We ... customer service from Premier," says Massimo Carrara , ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... June 23, 2016 Research and ... Procedure Volumes: Global Analysis (United States, China, Japan, Brazil, ... report to their offering. ... for healthcare business planners, provides surgical procedure volume data ... trends with an in-depth analysis of growth drivers and ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... The Biotechnology industry might still ... great opportunities to investors. Stock-Callers.com assesses the recent performances ... XON ), Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ... ARNA ), and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ... your complimentary trade alerts at: http://stock-callers.com/registration ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: