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Evaluating the Cost-Effectiveness of Counselling in Health Care

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 03 February 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:320
  1. Tom Sensky

    Keith Tolley, Nancy Rowland Routledge, pounds sterling14.99, pp 210 ISBN 0 415 07661 7

    Recent years have seen increasing demands for counselling, particularly in general practice settings. Having access to a counsellor usually proves popular with patients, and is often supported by their doctors. Some general practice fundholders have even chosen to purchase counselling at the expense of other resources such as community psychiatric nursing. Can this be justified as an effective use of resources? Similarly, some cardiology services incorporate counselling into their rehabilitation programmes, while others do not. What is the evidence in this setting that counselling can be cost effective?

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