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
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0349607
Code Inist : 002B18I11. Création : 14/12/1999.