The economic analysis of prevention in mental health programs

Mihalopoulos, Cathrine, Vos, Theo, Pirkis, Jane and Carter, Rob 2011, The economic analysis of prevention in mental health programs, Annual review of clinical psychology, vol. 7, pp. 169-201.

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Title The economic analysis of prevention in mental health programs
Author(s) Mihalopoulos, Cathrine
Vos, Theo
Pirkis, Jane
Carter, Rob
Journal name Annual review of clinical psychology
Volume number 7
Start page 169
End page 201
Publisher Annual Reviews
Place of publication Palo Alto, Calif.
Publication date 2011-04
ISSN 1548-5943
Keyword(s) economic evaluation
priority setting
mental disorders
cost-effectiveness
Summary This article introduces the role economics can play in deciding whether programs designed to prevent mental disorders, which carry large disease and economic burdens, are a worthwhile use of limited healthcare resources. Fortunately, preventive interventions for mental disorders exist; however, which interventions should be financed is a common issue facing decision makers, and economic evaluation can provide answers. Unfortunately, existing economic evaluations of preventive interventions have limited applicability to local healthcare contexts. An approach to priority setting largely based on economic techniques— Assessing Cost-Effectiveness (ACE)—has been developed and used in Australia to answer questions regarding the economic credentials of competing interventions. Eleven preventive interventions for mental disorders and suicide, mostly psychological in nature, have been evaluated using this approach, with many meeting the criteria of good value for money. Interventions targeting the prevention of suicide, adult and childhood depression, childhood anxiety, and early psychosis have particular merit.
Language eng
Field of Research 140208 Health Economics
Socio Economic Objective 920207 Health Policy Economic Outcomes
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Annual Reviews
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30039946

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Population Health
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