Table 16Annual health and social care cost incurred by people with GAD

Cost component% of people with GAD receiving care annuallyTime spent on each service annuallyUnit cost (2009 prices)Annual weighted cost per person (2009 prices)
Inpatient care4%McManus et al., 2009; extrapolated to 1 year where necessary22.4 daysLength of inpatient stay for GAD from hospital episode statistics (NHS, The Information Centre, 2009); all other estimates based on the expert opinion of the GDG£290/day in mental health unitDH, 2010£259.84
Outpatient visit32%2 visits1st visit: £244; follow-up visit: £155DH, 2010£127.68
Psychiatrist6%2 visits: 1 hour + 20 minutes£322/hour of client contactCurtis, 2009£25.76
Psychologist4%8 visits × 45 minutes each£75/hour of client contactCurtis, 2009£18.00
Mental health nurse5%6 visits × 1 hour each£53/hour of face-to-face contactCurtis, 2009£15.90
Other nursing services0----
Social worker5%6 visits × 1 hour each£140/hour of face-to-face contactCurtis, 2009£42.00
Self-help/support group3%Not an NHS cost---
Home help/home care2%Not directly relevant---
Outreach worker2%Not directly relevant---
Community day care centre9%100 sessions£33 per user sessionCurtis, 2009£297.00
GP52%1 visit£35 per surgery consultationCurtis, 2009£18.20
Total annual health and social care cost incurred per person with GAD£804.38


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