In 2018 the Council published “Psychotherapy – Vademecum“. It was developed in response to numerous questions about the effects of psychotherapy, the profession of a psychotherapist, the educational process and the rules of certification of psychotherapists in Poland.
It also contains information about the standards developed and adopted by the Polish Psychotherapy Council and constitutes a compendium of current knowledge for decision-makers concerning the use of psychotherapy in the health care system and in other areas, as well as for all interested parties.
It is the first such publication, financed with donations from as many as 19 organizations! It is a result of the cooperation of many psychotherapists representing different organizations and approaches.
Comparing data from the period before the beginning of psychotherapy and after its completion, Golden (1997) noted a reduction in the frequency of visits to the primary care physicians or family doctors by 49%. Results of other analyzes show that the inclusion of psychotherapy in the treatment process of people who very often use medical care reduces hospitalization rate by an average 2.52 days per person.
The report prepared by IZWOZ (the Institute of Healthcare Management, Warsaw) (2014) shows that in Poland the costs of depression treatment (NHF expenses) amount to PLN 170 million annually, and the costs incurred by ZUS (Social Insurance Institution) related to this disease amount to PLN 762 million annually – almost five times more. It should be emphasized that about 80% of all patients are people at the age of highest economic activity (30-59 years). Indirect costs borne by society in Poland due to depression, depending on the adopted implementation approach for the human capital method, range from about PLN 1.0 billion to about PLN 2.6 billion annually. Andlin, Sobocki and team (2005), examined data from 28 countries, and calculated that depressive disorders generate up to 65% of total costs. It was calculated that in Poland, over a year, depression is the cause of almost 25 thousand years of lost productivity (IZWOZ report 2014).
Only 20% of people experiencing problems with this group of diseases are covered by mental health assistance. Due to the large number of patients with CMD and the huge costs connected with the reduced productivity of these people, it is necessary to provide them with comprehensive care, including psychotherapy. Data from the USA, for example, show that 70% of people who have received adequate, comprehensive assistance from specialists, including psychotherapists’ help, return to work. In the group that has received help only in the form of medicines (ordered mainly by GPs), only 50% return to work.
 The most common disease from the CMD group. According to the WHO estimates, by 2030 depression will be the second most common disease in the world.
Mizerska R. (2018). Economic effectiveness of applying psychotherapy. p. 30
Mizerska R., Pinkowska-Zielińska H., Jankiewicz, A., Modrzyńska D., Kostrzewski M., Wojtysiak S. (2018). Psychoterapia. Vademecum. Warszawa: Oficyna Ingenium