Cost implications of specific and non-specific treatment for young persons at ultra high risk of developing a first episode of psychosis

Phillips, Lisa J., Cotton, Sue, Mihalopoulos, Cathrine, Shih, Sophy, Yung, Alison R., Carter, Rob and McGorry, Patrick D. 2009, Cost implications of specific and non-specific treatment for young persons at ultra high risk of developing a first episode of psychosis, Early intervention in psychiatry, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 28-34.

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Title Cost implications of specific and non-specific treatment for young persons at ultra high risk of developing a first episode of psychosis
Author(s) Phillips, Lisa J.
Cotton, Sue
Mihalopoulos, Cathrine
Shih, Sophy
Yung, Alison R.
Carter, Rob
McGorry, Patrick D.
Journal name Early intervention in psychiatry
Volume number 3
Issue number 1
Start page 28
End page 34
Total pages 7
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of publication Carlton, Vic.
Publication date 2009-02
ISSN 1751-7885
1751-7893
Keyword(s) cost analysis
prevention
psychotic disorder
schizophrenia
Summary Aim: Costs associated with mental health treatment for young persons at 'ultra' high risk (UHR) of developing a psychotic disorder have not previously been reported. This paper reports cost implications of providing psychological and pharmacological intervention for individuals at UHR for psychosis compared with minimal psychological treatment.

Method: Mental health service costs associated with a randomized controlled trial of two treatments (Specific Preventive Intervention: SPI and Needs-Based Intervention: NBI) for UHR young persons were estimated and compared at three time points: treatment phase, short-term follow up and medium-term follow up.

Results: Although the SPI group incurred significantly higher treatment costs than the NBI group over the treatment phase, they incurred significantly lower outpatient treatment costs over the longer term.

Conclusion: This study indicates that specific interventions designed to treat young persons who are identified as being at UHR of psychosis might be associated with some cost savings compared with non-specific interventions.
Language eng
Field of Research 111714 Mental Health
140208 Health Economics
Socio Economic Objective 920209 Mental Health Services
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2009, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30019654

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Public Health Research, Evaluation, and Policy Cluster
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