Harvard Mental Health Letter

Commentary: Mental health at a reasonable cost

Commentary

Mental health at a reasonable cost

As a new U.S. administration starts dealing with reorganizing the health care system, we hope those in charge understand the value of providing adequate mental health care. Health system designers should be heartened by two studies in a British journal, The Lancet. Studying two very different populations, researchers demonstrated that improved mental health care and quality of life can be achieved at a reasonable cost.

A July 2008 study demonstrated the value of a standardized depression intervention for cancer patients. A September 2008 report showed that community health workers can treat maternal depression effectively.

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