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What difference a decade? The costs of psychosis in Australia in 2000 and 2010: Comparative results from the first and second Australian national surveys of psychosis

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Neil, AL and Carr, VJ and Mihalopoulos, C and MacKinnon, A and Lewin, TJ and Morgan, VA, What difference a decade? The costs of psychosis in Australia in 2000 and 2010: Comparative results from the first and second Australian national surveys of psychosis, Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 48, (3) pp. 237-248. ISSN 1440-1614 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2013 The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

DOI: doi:10.1177/0004867413508453

Abstract

Objectives:To assess differences in costs of psychosis between the first and second Australian national surveys of psychosis and examine them in light of policy developments.Method:Cost differences due to changes in resource use and/or real price rises were assessed by minimizing differences in recruitment and costing methodologies between the two surveys. For each survey, average annual societal costs of persons recruited through public specialized mental health services in the census month were assessed through prevalence-based, bottom-up cost-of-illness analyses. The first survey costing methodology was employed as the reference approach. Unit costs were specific to each time period (2000, 2010) and expressed in 2010 Australian dollars.Results:There was minimal change in the average annual costs of psychosis between the surveys, although newly included resources in the second survey's analysis cost AUD$3183 per person. Among resources common to each analysis were significant increases in the average annual cost per person for ambulatory care of AUD$7380, non-government services AUD$2488 and pharmaceuticals AUD$1892, and an upward trend in supported accommodation costs. These increases were offset by over a halving of mental health inpatient costs of AUD$11,790 per person and a 84.6% (AUD$604) decrease in crisis accommodation costs. Productivity losses, the greatest component cost, changed minimally, reflecting the magnitude and constancy of reduced employment levels of individuals with psychosis across the surveys.Conclusions:Between 2000 and 2010 there was little change in total average annual costs of psychosis for individuals receiving treatment at public specialized mental health services. However, there was a significant redistribution of costs within and away from the health sector in line with government initiatives arising from the Second and Third National Mental Health Plans. Non-health sector costs are now a critical component of cost-of-illness analyses of mental illnesses reflecting, at least in part, a whole-of-government approach to care.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Change in costs; cost of illness; psychotic disorders; schizophrenia
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Mental Health
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Objective Field:Mental Health
Author:Neil, AL (Dr Amanda Neil)
ID Code:87431
Year Published:2014 (online first 2013)
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2013-11-15
Last Modified:2017-11-17
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