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Cost-effectiveness of individual versus group psychotherapy for sexually abused girls

McCrone, Paul R., Weeramanthri, Tara, Knapp, Martin R.J. ORCID: 0000-0003-1427-0215, Rushton, Alan, Trowell, Judith, Miles, Gillian and Kolvin, Israel (2005) Cost-effectiveness of individual versus group psychotherapy for sexually abused girls. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 10 (1). pp. 26-31. ISSN 1475-3588

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1475-3588.2005.00113.x


Children who have been sexually abused may suffer from emotional and behavioural difficulties. Recent research found that individual and group psychotherapy have similar outcomes. In this study we compare the costs and cost-effectiveness of the two therapies and support for carers. Subjects were recruited to two clinics in London and randomly allocated to treatments. Total mean costs of individual therapy were found to be £1246 greater than for group therapy. Costs as they would apply in routine practice were relatively unchanged. Group therapy was thus more cost-effective than individual therapy. Carefully considering the impact of different therapies could allow more treatment to be offered from available staff resources and budgets.

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Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2020 19:08

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