Dr. Tom Insel, neuroscientist, psychiatrist, and Director of NIHM (National Institute of Mental Health), gave his “4 Inconvenient Truths in Behavioral Healthcare” talk yesterday at the National Council Conference in Washington D.C.
He concluded that, “without better diagnostics and therapeutics,” behavioral healthcare has not had the desired impact on “mortality and morbidity” of patients.
Many clinical social workers and their clients would disagree—psychotherapy has proven to be effective, although its impacts may not lend themselves to medical-model measurement.
However, an effective healthcare system that meets the goals of the “Triple Aim” (Better Care, Better Access, Lower Cost),requires demonstrated effectiveness at all levels.
Or does it?