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Int Rev Psychiatry. 2008 Jun;20(3):251-9. doi: 10.1080/09540260802002434.

A framework for the economic analysis of child and adolescent mental disorders.

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Department of Emergency Medicine, San Francisco General Hospital, University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, USA.


Measuring the burden of disease associated with child and adolescent mental disorders is a challenge. The lack of data on cost and intervention effectiveness has impeded the ability to gain support for expenditures for treatment, training and programme development. A better understanding of economic analysis by researchers, clinicians, and advocates can promote initiatives to gain needed economic data to inform policy and programme development. Based on a critical review of the literature and the development of an economic hypothesis, this paper proposes a specific approach to the economic analysis of the burden of child and adolescent mental disorders utilizing accessible outcome data.

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