Chapter 1. Cost-Outcome Research in Mental Health.
Real World Information for Decision Makeres. Mental Health Cost-Outcome Studies: A Brief Review. Overcoming Obstacles to Cost-Outcome Research in Mental Health. Chapter Review.
Chapter 2. Special Design Issues in Cost-Outcome Research.
Introduction to Study Design and Terminology. Internal Validity. External Validity. Specifying and Measuring Important Design Constructs. Statistical Conclusion Validity in Cost-Outcome Studies. Chapter Review.
Chapter 3. Concepts of Economic Cost.
Models for Cost-Outcome Analysis. Economic Theory and Cost-Outcome Analysis. Definitions of Economic Cost. Analytic Perspective. Chapter Review.
Chapter 4. Measuring Utilization.
Choosing the Types of Costs to Include. Mental Health Treatment Costs. Physical Health Care Costs. Criminal Justice Costs. Social Service Costs. Time and Productivity Costs. Other Family Costs. Transfers and Other Income. Sources of Data on Resource Utilization. Identifying and Selecting Resource Units. Practical Steps to Improve Data Quality. Chapter Review
Chapter 5. Estimating Economic Cost.
Sources of Cost Data. Estimating Resource Costs. Adjusting Cost Estimates. Chapter Review.
Chapter 6. Measuring Service Practice.
Why Measure Service Practices? Measuring Service Practice: The Special Challenge of Cost-Outcome Research. Treatment Theory: A Guide to Measuring Practices. Developing a Service Model Specification. Measurement Approaches. Existing Measures. Using Practice Data in Cost-Outcome Research. Future Developments. Chapter Review.
Chapter 7. Measuring Mental Health Outcomes.
Measurement Challenges in Effectiveness Research. Conceptual Framework