A multi-media intervention for patients presenting at medical settings for treatment of panic-induced physiological symptoms
Jennifer Lynn Woehr, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, United States
Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology . Awarded
In an atmosphere of tight fiscal management, the American health care delivery system is struggling to provide necessary services. The development of novel service delivery mechanisms has been identified as one way to achieve cost savings without sacrificing quality of care. In some cases, novel service delivery techniques can improve both fiscal and clinical outcomes. One area in which this may be true is the treatment of panic disorder. Specifically, panic patients being treated for chest pain in emergency rooms represent an easily identifiable population that is ineffectively utilizing services and contributing to the increased cost of health care delivery.
Because the physiological symptoms of panic mimic other disorders, diagnosis may be difficult. While not commonly identified in medical settings, panic presents as frequently as many common medical disorders (such as hypertension) for which patients are routinely screened. In the vast majority of cases, these patients are not receiving adequate treatment for their complaints.
This project explores the phenomenon of panic patients in the emergency room and general medical setting, addressing the need for a simple, cost-effective method for treating such cases. Specifically, the project looks at the problem of panic disorder as it presents in medical settings, explores the available treatment and referral mechanisms, and examines the financial impact of inadequate treatment. In response, the author proposes that a multi-media service delivery mechanism may provide an efficient, cost-effective alternative to current methods of patient education and referral.
Method. Using available information regarding patient educational materials, a draft of the psychoeducational material is created and distributed to physicians and mental health for the purposes of eliciting expert feedback. Participant feedback is incorporated to create a second draft of the videotape.
Woehr, J.L. A multi-media intervention for patients presenting at medical settings for treatment of panic-induced physiological symptoms. Ph.D. thesis, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.
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