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  1. Is phase-specific, community-oriented treatment of early psychosis an economically viable method of improving outcome ?

    Article - En anglais


    The Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention Centre (EPPIC) provides a comprehensive'real-world'model of early intervention to young people experiencing an emerging psychotic disorder.

    A prospective study has already provided evidence of improved clinical outcome at 12 months after entry.

    The present study examined whether the service was also cost-effective.


    A cost-effectiveness analysis compared EPPIC with its immediate precursor service, from the perspective of the government funding agency.

    Only direct costs were included.


    EPPIC proved to be more cost-effective.

    The weighted average cost per patient for the first 12 months was cheaper (by $AUD 7110 per patient), while treatment outcomes were superior.

    The savings were due to the marked reduction in in-patient costs outweighing substantial increases in the costs of community care.


    These results, while encouraging in terms of the further development of integrated, phase-specific intervention programmes for early psychosis, are not conclusive, and further research is required.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Psychose, Signe inaugural, Economie santé, Santé mentale, Traitement communautaire, Prévention, Détection, Analyse coût, Australie, Océanie, Homme

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Psychosis, Inaugural sign, Health economy, Mental health, Community treatment, Prevention, Detection, Cost analysis, Australia, Oceania, Human

    Logo du centre Notice produite par :
    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 99-0349607

    Code Inist : 002B18I11. Création : 14/12/1999.