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Economic impact of personality disorders in UK primary care attenders

Rendu, Alison, Moran, Paul, Patel, Anita, Knapp, Martin and Mann, Anthony (2002) Economic impact of personality disorders in UK primary care attenders. British Journal of Psychiatry, 181 (1). pp. 62-66. ISSN 0007-1250

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Abstract

Background: The economic impact of personality disorders on UK health services is unknown. Aims: To test the hypothesis that people with personality disorders have higher mean health and non-health costs compared with those without personality disorders. Method: Prospective cohort study design. A total of 303 general practice attenders were followed-up I year after they had been assessed for the presence of personality disorders. Costs were estimated in £ sterling at 1999 price levels. Results: The mean total cost for patients with personality disorders was £3094 (s.d.=5324) compared with £1633 (s.d.=3779) for those without personality disorders. Personality disorders were not independently associated with increased costs. Multivariate analyses identified the presence of a significant interaction between personality disorders and common mental disorders and increased total costs (coefficient=499, 95% CI 180.1-626.2, P=0.002). Conclusions: Personality disorders are not independently associated with increased costs. An interaction between personality disorders and common mental disorders significantly predicts increased total costs.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://bjp.rcpsych.org
Additional Information: © 2002 Royal College of Psychiatrists
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I1 - Health > I12 - Health Production: Nutrition, Mortality, Morbidity, Suicide, Substance Abuse and Addiction, Disability, and Economic Behavior
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU)
Research centres and groups > LSE Health
Research centres and groups > NIHR School for Social Care Research
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2008 13:14
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/18126/

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