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The economic analysis of prevention in mental health programs

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posted on 01.04.2011, 00:00 authored by Cathy Mihalopoulos, T Vos, J Pirkis, Rob CarterRob Carter
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.

History

Journal

Annual review of clinical psychology

Volume

7

Pagination

169 - 201

Publisher

Annual Reviews

Location

Palo Alto, Calif.

ISSN

1548-5943

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2011, Annual Reviews