The economic analysis of prevention in mental health programs

Mihalopoulos, Cathrine, Vos, Theo, Pirkis, Jane and Carter, Rob (2011) The economic analysis of prevention in mental health programs. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 7 169-201. doi:10.1146/annurev-clinpsy-032210-104601

Author Mihalopoulos, Cathrine
Vos, Theo
Pirkis, Jane
Carter, Rob
Title The economic analysis of prevention in mental health programs
Journal name Annual Review of Clinical Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1548-5943
ISBN 978-0-8243-3907-4
Publication date 2011-04-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1146/annurev-clinpsy-032210-104601
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 7
Start page 169
End page 201
Total pages 33
Place of publication Palo Alto, CA, U.S.A.
Publisher Annual Reviews
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This article introduces the role economics can play in deciding whether programs designed to prevent mental disorders, which carry large disease and economic burdens, are a worthwhile use of limited healthcare resources. Fortunately, preventive interventions for mental disorders exist; however, which interventions should be financed is a common issue facing decision makers, and economic evaluation can provide answers. Unfortunately, existing economic evaluations of preventive interventions have limited applicability to local healthcare contexts. An approach to priority setting largely based on economic techniques—Assessing Cost-Effectiveness (ACE)—has been developed and used in Australia to answer questions regarding the economic credentials of competing interventions. Eleven preventive interventions for mental disorders and suicide, mostly psychological in nature, have been evaluated using this approach, with many meeting the criteria of good value for money. Interventions targeting the prevention of suicide, adult and childhood depression, childhood anxiety, and early psychosis have particular merit.
Keyword Economic evaluation
Priority setting
Mental disorders
Randomized controlled-trial
Group cognitive intervention
Assessing cost-effectiveness
Primary-care patients
Ultra-high risk
Postnatal depression
Postpartum depression
Psychological interventions
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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