Library Header Image
LSE Research Online LSE Library Services

Economic evaluation of family-focused programs when parents have a mental health problem: methodological considerations

Zechmeister-Koss, Ingrid, Strohmaier, Christoph, Hölzle, Laura, Bauer, Annette ORCID: 0000-0001-5156-1631, Goodyear, Melinda, Christiansen, Hanna and Paul, Jean L. (2023) Economic evaluation of family-focused programs when parents have a mental health problem: methodological considerations. Value in Health, 26 (5). 704 - 711. ISSN 1098-3015

[img] Text (Bauer_economic-evaluation--published) - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives.

Download (1MB)

Identification Number: 10.1016/j.jval.2022.11.016


Objectives: The nature of adverse effects of parental mental health problems and of the interventions to address them may require specific designs of economic evaluation studies. Nevertheless, methodological guidance is lacking. We aim to understand the broad spectrum of adverse effects from parental mental health problems in children and the economic consequences on an individual and societal level to navigate the design of economic evaluations in this field. Methods: We conducted a systematic literature search of empirical studies on children's adverse effects from parental mental illness. We clustered types of impact, identified individual and public cost consequences, and illustrated the results in an impact inventory. Results: We found a wide variety of short- and long-term (mental) health impacts, impacts on social functioning and socioeconomic implications for the children individually, and adverse effects on the societal level. Consequently, public costs can occur in various public sectors (eg, healthcare, education), and individuals may have to pay costs privately. Conclusions: Existing evaluations in this field mostly follow standard methodological approaches (eg, cost-utility analysis using quality-adjusted life-years) and apply a short-time horizon. Our findings suggest applying a long-term time horizon (at least up to early adulthood), considering cost-consequence analysis and alternatives to health-related quality of life and quality-adjusted life-years as outcome measures, and capturing the full range of possible public and private costs.

Item Type: Article
Official URL:
Additional Information: © 2022, International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research, Inc.
Divisions: Personal Social Services Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2023 15:36
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2024 01:15

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics