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

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posted on 01.02.2009, 00:00 authored by L Phillips, S Cotton, Cathy Mihalopoulos, Ting-Fang Shih, Alison YungAlison Yung, Rob CarterRob Carter, P McGorry
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.

History

Journal

Early intervention in psychiatry

Volume

3

Issue

1

Pagination

28 - 34

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia

Location

Carlton, Vic.

ISSN

1751-7885

eISSN

1751-7893

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

Copyright notice

2009, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia