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Economic impact of childhood psychiatric disorder on public sector services in Britain: estimates from national survey data

Snell, Tom, Knapp, Martin, Healey, Andrew, Guglani, Sacha, Evans-Lacko, Sara, Fernández, José-Luis, Meltzer, Howard and Ford, Tamsin (2013) Economic impact of childhood psychiatric disorder on public sector services in Britain: estimates from national survey data. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 54 (9). pp. 977-985. ISSN 0021-9630

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Approximately one in ten children aged 5–15 in Britain has a conduct, hyperactivity or emotional disorder. METHODS: The British Child and Adolescent Mental Health Surveys (BCAMHS) identified children aged 5–15 with a psychiatric disorder, and their use of health, education and social care services. Service costs were estimated for each child and weighted to estimate the overall economic impact at national level. RESULTS: Additional health, social care and education costs associated with child psychiatric disorders totalled £1.47bn in 2008. The lion's share of the costs falls to frontline education and special education services. CONCLUSIONS: There are huge costs to the public sector associated with child psychiatric disorder, particularly the education system. There is a pressing need to explore ways to reduce these costs while improving health and well-being.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(IS...
Additional Information: © 2013 The Authors; © 2013 Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry; © 2013 Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
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
Funders: UK Department of Health
Projects: 035/0045
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2013 08:30
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/49190/

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