The economic costs of schizophrenia: implications for public policy

Andrews, Gavin, Hall, Wayne, Goldstein, Gregory, Lapsley, Helen, Bartels, Robert and Silove, Derrick (1985) The economic costs of schizophrenia: implications for public policy. Archives of General Psychiatry, 42 6: 537-543. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1985.01790290015001

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Author Andrews, Gavin
Hall, Wayne
Goldstein, Gregory
Lapsley, Helen
Bartels, Robert
Silove, Derrick
Title The economic costs of schizophrenia: implications for public policy
Journal name Archives of General Psychiatry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0003-990X
Publication date 1985-06-01
Year available 1985
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1001/archpsyc.1985.01790290015001
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Volume 42
Issue 6
Start page 537
End page 543
Total pages 7
Place of publication Chicago, IL, United States
Publisher American Medical Association
Language eng
Abstract The direct and indirect costs associated with schizophrenia in Australia were calculated using the incidence approach and compared with similar costings of myocardial infarction in Australia and the United States. In Australia schizophrenia affects one-twelfth as many people as does myocardial infarction, yet costs half as much. This is because the stream of costs associated with each case of schizophrenia is six times the stream of costs associated with myocardial infarction. To illustrate the utility of this costing approach, the information was used to estimate the cost-benefit ratio likely to follow the introduction of social intervention strategies. The information also showed that Australian support for research in schizophrenia is inadequate when compared with that for myocardial infarction and quite out of proportion to the cost of schizophrenia to the community.
Keyword Psychiatry
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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