Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Perspective

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Perspective

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If children in this country were denied access to the polio vaccine despite the undeniable proof that it prevents the devastating disease, the uproar about the ethical implications would be unprecedented. Yet the failure to implement proven psychosocial interventions for reducing mental health morbidity and mortality elicits no such response.

It is unconscionable that evidence-based interventions for reducing the mental health burden of the people serving as primary caregivers to family members who have Alzheimer's disease are not ubiquitous. The absence of governmental pressure and academic support for pushing the social science interventions into service is a legacy of the outdated perception that biomedical research should have ascendancy over psychosocial research.

We are no longer limited by 20th century statistical methodology that was only able to show the efficacy of an active medication over a placebo control. We now have modern statistics that allow us to provide evidence that psychosocial interventions are as effective as medication.

Studies have shown that it takes about 22 years for psychosocial science to move into service. …

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