Journal article

Is implementation of the 2013 Australian treatment guidelines for posttraumatic stress disorder cost-effective compared to current practice? A cost-utility analysis using QALYs and DALYs

Cathrine Mihalopoulos, Anne Magnus, Anita Lal, Lisa Dell, David Forbes, Andrea Phelps

AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To assess, from a health sector perspective, the incremental cost-effectiveness of three treatment recommendations in the most recent Australian Clinical Practice Guidelines for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The interventions assessed are trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy (TF-CBT) and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for the treatment of PTSD in adults and TF-CBT in children, compared to current practice in Australia. METHOD: Economic modelling, using existing databases and published information, was used to assess cost-effectiveness. A cost-utility framework using both quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs) gained and disability-adjusted life-years ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The Australian Guidelines for the Treatment of Acute Stress Disorder & Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and the cost-effectiveness analysis of the Guidelines were both funded by Department of Veterans' Affairs, Department of Defence and beyondblue. The Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health led the development of the Guidelines and the cost-effectiveness analysis was undertaken independently by Deakin Health Economics. CM is a recipient of a NHMRC Early Career Researcher Fellowship (grant number: 1035887).