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The cost-effectiveness of current and optimal treatment for schizophrenia


Andrews, G and Sanderson, Kristy and Corry, J and Issakidis, C and Lapsley, H, The cost-effectiveness of current and optimal treatment for schizophrenia, British Journal of Psychiatry, 183 pp. 427-435. ISSN 0007-1250 (2003) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1192/bjp.183.5.427


Background: This paper is part of a project to identify the proportion of the burden of each mental disorder averted by current and optimal interventions, and the cost-effectiveness of both. Aims: To use epidemiological data on schizophrenia to model the cost-effectiveness of current and optimal treatment. Method: Calculate the burden of schizophrenia in the years lived with disability (YLD) component of disability-adjusted life-years lost, the proportion averted by current interventions, the proportion that could be averted by optimal treatment and the cost-effectiveness of both. Results: Current interventions avert some 13% of the burden, whereas 22% could be averted by optimal treatment. Current interventions cost about AUS$200 000 per YLD averted, whereas optimal treatment at a similar cost could increase the number of YLDs averted by two-thirds. Even so, the majority of the burden of schizophrenia remains unavertable. Conclusions: Optimal treatment is affordable within the present budget and should be implemented.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Objective Field:Mental Health
UTAS Author:Sanderson, Kristy (Associate Professor Kristy Sanderson)
ID Code:48615
Year Published:2003
Web of Science® Times Cited:61
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2007-10-22
Last Modified:2011-09-27

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