Journal article

Cost-utility analysis of low-intensity case management to increase contact with health services among ex-prisoners in Australia

Qinglu Cheng, Stuart A Kinner, Xing J Lee, Kathryn J Snow, Nicholas Graves

BMJ Open | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2018

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: The economic burden of incarceration is substantial in Australia. People released from prison are at high risk of poor health and this is an important predictor of recidivism. The 'Passports Study' was a randomised controlled trial of an intervention designed to increase health service utilisation after release from prison. The aim of this study is to conduct a cost-utility analysis of this transitional programme. SETTING: Australia DESIGN: A hybrid simulation model was developed to estimate the changes to total economic costs and effectiveness expressed as quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs) from the adoption of the 'Passports' intervention compared with the control group. Model..

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