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Br J Psychiatry. 2002 Dec;181:505-12.

Economic costs of post-natal depression in a high-risk British cohort.

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  • 1National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford, UK. stavros.petrou@perinat.ox.ac.uk

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Post-natal depression is a common condition that can result in distress for the mother and deleterious effects on the development of the infant.

AIMS:

To estimate the economic costs of post-natal depression in a geographically defined cohort of women at high risk of developing the condition.

METHOD:

Unit costs were applied to estimates of health and social care resource use made by 206 women recruited from antenatal clinics and their infants. Net costs per mother-infant dyad over the first 18 months post-partum were estimated.

RESULTS:

Mean mother-infant dyad costs were estimated at pound 2419.00 for women with post-natal depression and pound 2026.90 for women without post-natal depression, a mean cost difference of pound 392.10 (P=0.17). The mean cost differences between women with and without post-natal depression reached statistical significance for community care services (P=0.01), but not for other categories of service. Economic costs were higher for women with extended experiences of the condition.

CONCLUSIONS:

The results of this study should be used to facilitate the effective planning of services by different agencies.

PMID:
12456521
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