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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 58 (2016) 10, 688 - 694

Short report

Inter-sectoral costs and benefits arising from mental health (disorders)

A.T.G. Paulus, R.M.W.A. Drost, D. Ruwaard, S.M.A.A. Evers

background Mental health disorders may bring costs and benefits to areas and sectors lying outside the health care system. However, little is known about these inter-sectoral costs and benefits (icbs) in spite of the increasing interest in societal cost-benefit analyses (scba) that attempt to quantify all costs and benefits involved.
aim To present a first inventory of icbs relating to mental health care and to describe the relation between icbs and scba.
method We reviewed the literature and conducted a secondary analysis of the results of a previous study.
results We found that at least eight mental health disorders were reported to have a (financial) impact on at least three sectors outside the health care system.
conclusion Further research into icbs is needed so that future inter-sectoral policy can be better directed and targeted more efficiently.

keywords inter-sectoral costs and benefits, societal cost-benefit analyses, mental health care