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Health Psychol. 2004 Mar;23(2):138-41.

Health services and health care economics: the health psychology marketplace.

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Division of Psychology and Health Psychology, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Evanston Northwestern Healthcare, Evanston, IL 60201-3664, USA.


In an effort toward cost containment, the health care system in the United States has undergone radical changes in the last decade. These changes have influenced the delivery of clinical health psychology services. This article reviews several economic and marketing factors salient to the clinical health psychology marketplace. For example, these economic changes have placed greater emphasis on the need for cost-effectiveness and accountability in the health psychology field. Implications for education and training, collaboration with other health care specialties, new practice initiatives, and public relations are reviewed. Future challenges and opportunities for clinical health psychology are discussed.

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