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Counting all the costs: the economic impact of comorbidity

McDaid, David ORCID: 0000-0003-0744-2664 and Park, A-La ORCID: 0000-0002-4704-4874 (2015) Counting all the costs: the economic impact of comorbidity. In: Sartorius, N., Holt, R. I. G. and Maj, M., (eds.) Comorbidity of Mental and Physical Disorders. Key issues in mental health (179). Karger AG, Basel, Switzerland, pp. 23-32. ISBN 9783318026030

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Identification Number: 10.1159/000365941


This chapter provides an overview on what is known about the economic impacts of comorbid physical and mental disorders. The chapter begins by briefly describing the concept of economic cost, before going on to look at different examples of the costs of comorbidity. There is an increasing, albeit still small, number of studies that have looked at the economic impacts of comorbid physical and mental health problems. The majority of these examples are from a US context and thought must be given on how they translate to other contexts. Nonetheless, these studies illustrate potentially substantial costs to healthcare systems and society as a whole, which might be avoided through early identification of potential risk factors and early intervention to mitigate the effects of comorbidity. The chapter ends by examining how information on the costs of comorbidity can be used to inform economic arguments for investment in actions to prevent or alleviate some of these morbidities, and how this evidence base may be strengthened further.

Item Type: Book Section
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Additional Information: © 2014 S. Karger AG, Basel
Divisions: Social Policy
Personal Social Services Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2014 14:20
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2024 03:05

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