Cost-Outcome Methods for Mental Health
- William Hargreaves, University of California, San Francisco, U.S.A.
- Martha Shumway, University of California, San Francisco, U.S.A.
- Chou Li-Wei, MD MSc
- Brian Cuffel, United Behavioral Health, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
Cost-Outcome Methods for Mental Health provides an overview of the choices and judgments used to evaluate the cost effectiveness of mental health treatment. It presents economic concepts of cost, discusses the various approaches to cost-outcome studies, and focuses on the way such studies apply to mental health. It is a practical guide rather than a theoretical treatment of cost-effectiveness analyses. Readers are guided through the process of designing cost-outcome studies; measuring costs, interventions, and outcomes; analyzing study results; and using findings to guide policy and practice. The book introduces readers who do not have a background in economics to apply economic methods of cost-outcome research, and prepares them for productive collaboration with economists in mental health services research.
Graduate students, faculty members, and professionals specializing in psychiatry and working in the fields on mental health services research, mental health policy, and health economics. Also mental health services researchers, clinical investigators, program managers, and policy planners in insurance firms and government.