The economic cost of pathways to care in first episode psychosis.
Margaret Heslin, Paul McCrone, Clare Flach, Paul Fearon, Kevin Morgan, Peter Jones, Robin M Murray, Paola Dazzan, Gill Doody, Craig Morgan
Int Rev Psychiatry | Published : 2011
Few studies have examined the economic cost of psychoses other than schizophrenia and there have been no studies of the economic cost of pathways to care in patients with their first episode of psychosis. The aims of this study were to explore the economic cost of pathways to care in patients with a first episode of psychosis and to examine variation in costs. Data on pathways to care for first episode psychosis patients referred to specialist mental health services in south-east London and Nottingham between 1997-2000. Costs of pathway events were estimated and compared between diagnostic groups. The average costs for patients in south-east London were £54 (CI £33-£75) higher, compared to p..View full abstract