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Economic evaluation of mental health interventions: an introduction to cost-utility analysis
  1. Jeroen Luyten,
  2. Huseyin Naci,
  3. Martin Knapp
  1. Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Jeroen Luyten, Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science, London WC2A 2AE, UK; J.Luyten{at}lse.ac.uk

Abstract

Finite resources need to be allocated over an ever-increasing range of competing health policies and interventions. Economic evaluation has been developed as a methodology to inform decision makers on the efficiency of particular resource allocations. In this paper we summarize cost-utility analysis, one of the most widely-used forms of economic evaluation in healthcare. We discuss its main elements, interpretation, limitations and relevance to the domain of mental health.

  • HEALTH ECONOMICS
  • MENTAL HEALTH

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