Journal article

Cost-effectiveness of cognitive-behavioural therapy and drug interventions for major depression

T Vos, J Corry, MM Haby, R Carter, G Andrews

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2005

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Antidepressant drugs and cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) are effective treatment options for depression and are recommended by clinical practice guidelines. As part of the Assessing Cost-effectiveness -- Mental Health project we evaluate the available evidence on costs and benefits of CBT and drugs in the episodic and maintenance treatment of major depression. METHOD: The cost-effectiveness is modelled from a health-care perspective as the cost per disability-adjusted life year. Interventions are targeted at people with major depression who currently seek care but receive non-evidence based treatment. Uncertainty in model inputs is tested using Monte Carlo simulation methods. ..

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