Study finds a relaxation training program to result in significant reduction in medical expenses

The Journal PLOS published “Relaxation Response and Resiliency Training and Its Effect on Health Care Resource Utilization”, reports on a study of Relaxation Response Resiliency Program (3RP) training. Over 4000 participants were followed for over four years, and their results were compared to over 13,000 and a control group. These records were compared with 13,000 medical records of a control group. The study found that patients who practice relaxation techniques saved estimated $2,360 annually on medical expenses due to reduced emergency room visits and need for medical tests. The study concludes, “Mind-body interventions such as 3RP has the potential to substantially reduce health care utilization at relatively low cost and us can serve as a key component in any population health and healthcare delivery system.”

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