- A book intended to mental health professionals and researchers
- Comprehensive perspective of methods, instruments, evaluation and costs in mental health services
- Cost-effectiveness evaluation of specific interventions and treatments for mental disorders
The main objective of this work is to provide a book with high quality content that becomes a reference and support for graduate course (Mental Health, Public Health and Epidemiology) and for research in the domain of health economics applied to mental health. Also this bookmight be useful for policymakers on formulating mental health policies. Key messages of this book are based on: a) mental illness represent a huge cost for society and for health care; b) health economics applied to mental health could help in the optimization of resource allocationfor mental health care and for better decision making in terms of balancing costs and benefits; c) interventions and treatment should be also chosen in general medical practice and in public decision-policy according to cost-effectiveness, burden of disease and equity principles; d)quality of care is related with better outcomes, higher quality of life for clients, and with lower costs for society and health system (best value for money); e) it is possible to decrease the burden of mental disorders with cost-effective treatments.
The book is divided in four main topics: 1. Introduction to Health Economics applied to Mental Health – this section is an overview of basic principles, concepts and methods used in Economics and Health Economics to enable students to make critical appraisal of HealthEconomics texts and also to design research studies in this topic. 2. Health Economics applied to the evaluation of quality and costs of Mental Health Services – this section presents results of Brazilian studies on the costs of mental health care (hospital, outpatient care, residential care, informal care), methods on the measurement of costs and it discusses issues related with public policies decisions and quality of mental health car in the low and middle income countries context. There is also an overview of quality indicators of mental health care and instruments to evaluate mental health services and costs. 3. Health Economics applied to evaluate treatment of mental disorders - This section presents a review of cost-effectiveness of pharmacological treatments and other interventions applied for treating the mostburdensome mental disorders such as depressive and anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, psychosis, alcohol and drug disorders, dementia, and hyper attention deficit disorders. 4. Health Economics, burden and indirect costs of mental disorders - This section highlights the social and economic burden caused by mental illness under societal perspective focusing on stigma, unemployment, indirect costs in the workplace (absenteeism and presenteeism), the relationship between poverty and mental disorders, global health and social determinants of mental health and on the costs of mental disorders (depression, anxiety, psychosis, alcohol and drug disorders). We present some instruments to measure indirect costs of mental disorders.
Denise Razzouk is psychiatrist (Universidade de São Paulo - USP, Brazil), with Master in Sciences and PhD in Medicine (Universidade Federal de São Paulo - Unifesp, Brazil), Post-doctoral fellowship in Economics and Mental Health in the Centre of Economic Mental Health(Health Services and Population Research, King´s College, UK), MBA in Health Services Management (Fundação Getulio Vargas, Brazil) and Affiliate Professor in Department of Psychiatry, Unifesp. Founder member and coordinator of the Centre of Economic Mental Health(CESM) in Department of Psychiatry (2009- present) in where she leads research projects in social and economic burden of mental disorders and in evaluating mental health services, interventions and treatments. She has been teaching a course of Economics Mental Health forpostgraduate students, and acts as supervisor of Phd, Msc and post-doctoral students. Full Professor for Medical students in Medical College in Universidade Metropolitana de Santos, Brazil (2001-at present). Published 14 book chapters in Psychiatry, organized 1 book inPsychiatry, and has more than 80 papers in indexed journals and in Congress Annals. Dr. Razzouk has been working in collaboration with WHO as a member of the Global Clinical Practice Network, giving consultancy for the Internet-Based Field Studies for ICD-11 Mental andBehavioural Disorders.