The four-year Pilot research was made possible by a grant from a major Health System in Phoenix Arizona. The executive team comprised of hospital administrators, chiefs of internal and family medicine, and the executives of the outpatient delivery systems. The project was monitored monthly by a oversight committee comprised of five physicians, two psychologists and a outpatients counselor.
The results of the clinical trial:
- A decrease in primary care visits and lab occurrences by 40%, at the end of the ten week course, at 6 months, and again maintained at 12 months
- An 80% reduction in mental health visits in the most severely depressed sub‐population; significantly improved Beck Depression Inventory scores
- High percentage of those invited to participate do participate and low percentage drop out
- Statistically significant improvement in SF‐36 health status scores across the eight scales
- Student satisfaction surveys indicating an average 9.2 out of 10 point scale (10= very satisfied)
- Five groups of 10 participants completed the course equaling 50, seven professional papers were presented nationally for internal medicine, family medicine, and behavioral health organizations.