Priority setting for mental health services

Mihalopoulos, Cathrine, Carter, Rob, Pirkis, Jane and Vos, Theo (2013) Priority setting for mental health services. Journal of Mental Health, 22 2: 122-134. doi:10.3109/09638237.2012.745189

Author Mihalopoulos, Cathrine
Carter, Rob
Pirkis, Jane
Vos, Theo
Title Priority setting for mental health services
Journal name Journal of Mental Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0963-8237
Publication date 2013-04
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/09638237.2012.745189
Volume 22
Issue 2
Start page 122
End page 134
Total pages 13
Place of publication London , United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: Economic evaluation of individual interventions can have limited usefulness due to the
potential for methodological confounding, particularly for those decision contexts where strategies involving
multiple interventions are required.
Aims: To introduce readers to different approaches of priority-setting, with a focus on economics-based
examples of priority-setting in mental health.
Method: A selective review of the priority-setting literature, with particular attention given to the mental
health context and economics-based approaches.
Results: Six priority-setting approaches in mental health are described and assessed.
Conclusions: Priority-setting approaches that incorporate methodological rigour, due process for involving
stakeholders and broad-based notions of “benefit”, are likely to be of most use to mental healthcare
decision-makers. Challenges, both in relation to data bases and method remain, but are within the
capacity of the mental health research community to resolve.
Keyword Economic evaluation
Priority setting
Mental health
Mental disorders
Assessing cost effectiveness
Economic evaluation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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