Accessible and Cost-Effective Mental Health Care Using E-Mental Health (EMH)
The burden of disease due to mental illness has risen dramatically over the last 20 years. Only a small minority of patients globally has access to expert-level care, and the number of trained specialists in some of the mental health profession is declining. This is happening on the background of extremely limited resources for mental health care worldwide, including developed countries where it is the most underfunded area in medicine.
With current health-care paradigms, it will be impossible to address this disparity; mainly the development of new web-based technologies offers the opportunity to approach that problem. E-mental health can contribute substantially to a more accessible and cost-effective system of delivery with higher quality and sustainability of care. It also allows for the reallocation of health-care spending toward a more patient-focused approach.
KeywordsCost-effectiveness EMH Paradigm shift Health-care delivery model Patient focus
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