Whither economic evaluation in the case of COVID-19: What can the field of mental health economics contribute within the Australian context?

Mihalopoulos, Cathrine, Chatterton, Mary Lou, Engel, Lidia, Le, Dao Khanh Long and Lee, Yong Yi 2020, Whither economic evaluation in the case of COVID-19: What can the field of mental health economics contribute within the Australian context?, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 54, no. 12, pp. 1157-1161, doi: 10.1177/0004867420963724.

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Title Whither economic evaluation in the case of COVID-19: What can the field of mental health economics contribute within the Australian context?
Author(s) Mihalopoulos, CathrineORCID iD for Mihalopoulos, Cathrine orcid.org/0000-0002-7127-9462
Chatterton, Mary LouORCID iD for Chatterton, Mary Lou orcid.org/0000-0003-4902-9448
Engel, LidiaORCID iD for Engel, Lidia orcid.org/0000-0002-7959-3149
Le, Dao Khanh LongORCID iD for Le, Dao Khanh Long orcid.org/0000-0002-9442-6824
Lee, Yong Yi
Journal name Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
Volume number 54
Issue number 12
Article ID ARTN 0004867420963724
Start page 1157
End page 1161
Total pages 5
Publisher SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD
Place of publication England
Publication date 2020-12-01
ISSN 0004-8674
1440-1614
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Psychiatry
Economic evaluation
COVID-19
health economics
PSYCHOLOGICAL IMPACT
RISK
Summary COVID-19 has resulted in broad impacts on the economy and aspects of daily life including our collective mental health and well-being. The Australian health care system already faces limitations in its ability to treat people with mental health diagnoses. Australia has responded to the COVID-19 outbreak by, among other initiatives, providing reimbursement for telehealth services. However, it is unclear if these measures will be enough to manage the psychological distress, depression, anxiety and post-traumatic distress shown to accompany infectious disease outbreaks and economic shocks. Decision making has focused on the physical health ramifications of COVID-19, the avoidance of over-burdening the health care system and saving lives. We propose an alternative framework for decision making that combines life years saved with impacts on quality of life. A framework that simultaneously includes mental health and broader economic impacts into a single decision-making process would facilitate transparent and accountable decision making that can improve the overall welfare of Australian society as we continue to address the considerable challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic is creating.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0004867420963724
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 11 Medical and Health Sciences
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C2 Other contribution to refereed journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30143656

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