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Schizophrenia costs and treatment cost-effectiveness

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15 - 18
Number of pages4
JournalActa Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Issue number407
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Event1st International Zurich Conference on Clinical and Social Psychiatry - ZURICH, Switzerland
Duration: 1 Jan 2000 → …

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Objective: The paper sets out to summarize evidence on the costs of schizophrenia and on the cost-effectiveness of three broad treatment areas. Method: Evidence from a number of countries was examined, both published and unpublished, and systematic reviews and meta-analyses were consulted. Results: The costs of schizophrenia are high and wide-ranging. They fall not only to health-care agencies but also to other parts of the public sector, to families, to sufferers themselves and to the wider society. However, there are interventions a counselling intervention to address non-compliance with medication, family interventions to reduce levels of expressed emotion, and atypical antipsychotic drugs - that have been found to be not only effective (improving patient outcomes) but also appear to be cost-effective. Conclusion: Resource constraints and policy pressures make it increasingly common for economic as well as clinical questions to be asked about new modes of treatment. This is the new reality of mental health practice. Reliable evidence is now available to address these economic questions and carl be factored into decision-making processes.

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