A new report by the Institut National d’Excellence en Santé et en Services Sociaux (INESSS), an independent health research organization created to advise the Quebec provincial government on best-evidence guidelines, has called for psychotherapy to become the “front-line treatment choice in the mental-health system,” reported The Globe and Mail.
INESSS “has concluded that psychotherapy is as effective as medication and does a better job at preventing relapse, for the most common – and costly – mental illnesses, depression and anxiety,” stated the Globe. “What’s more, the report found that in countries with more public coverage, psychotherapy is cheaper in the long run than treating moderate depression and anxiety with drugs, the treatment offered most often in Canada’s health-care system.”
The INESSS report stated that, “Compared with pharmacological treatment, psychological interventions have a better incremental cost-effectiveness ratio and greater profitability in the long term,” in part because “the benefits of psychotherapy last longer after the end of treatment than those of medication.”
Quebec health institute calls for psychotherapy as front-line treatment choice (The Globe and Mail, June 25, 2015)