Journal article

Australian schizophrenia care and assessment programme: Real-world schizophrenia: economics

Paul B Fitzgerald, William Montgomery, Anthony R de Castella, Kate M Filia, Sacha L Filia, Laura Christova, Dan Jackson, Jayashri Kulkarni

AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY | INFORMA HEALTHCARE-TAYLOR & FRANCIS | Published : 2007

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The treatment of patients with schizophrenia consumes a considerable proportion of health service budgets, yet there have been few attempts to prospectively analyse the costs associated with this condition. Amid the current debate about where to invest scarce treatment resources to achieve optimal outcomes, real-world studies, such as the Schizophrenia Care and Assessment Programme (SCAP) contrast with hypothetically based models and provide comprehensive and broad-ranging data. METHOD: Direct health-care costs were prospectively studied in a cohort of 347 patients with schizophrenia in Dandenong, Australia over 3 years. Indirect costs were estimated from patient self-reported inf..

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