Psychotherapy by primary-care providers: Results of a national sample

Seth Himelhoch, Mark Ehrenreich

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The authors used the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey to examine visit characteristics associated with psychotherapy by primary-care physicians, as compared with psychiatrists. Chi-square tests and hierarchical logistic-regression models were developed to examine visit characteristics associated with receiving psychotherapy by primary-care physicians versus psychiatrists. Over 19% of all psychotherapy visits were reported by primary-care physicians. Visits to primary-care physicians, versus visits to psychiatrists, were significantly greater among those over age 65, in Hispanic patients, and those in rural areas. Primary-care physicians are reporting that they provide psychotherapy and may be filling a void for underserved populations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325-330
Number of pages6
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2007

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by NIDA Grant K-23 DA019820 , to Dr. Himelhoch.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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