The socioeconomic cost of treatment of therapy-refractory schizophrenic patients in Sweden
1994 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Psychiatry, ISSN 0803-9488, E-ISSN 1502-4725, Vol. 48, no 5, 311-313 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of the study is to examine the socioeconomic costs of treatment of therapy-refractory schizophrenic patients. The patients usually have a great need for health care and remain in institutions for long periods of time. The method is retrospective, and the data refer to patients who received treatment at the Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital in Linköping, Sweden in 1990. The total annual health care cost for treatment of therapy-refractory schizophrenia is estimated to be SEK 4.8 million (USD 1 = SEK 7.7). Inpatient care amounts to 93% of the total cost, and the cost of outpatient care to 6%. The cost of drugs and laboratory services corresponds to 1 % of the total cost. The high cost of inpatient care and the low cost of outpatient care may indicate that a redistribution of resources from inpatient to outpatient care is necessary. A generalization of the results indicates that the total annual cost of treating all therapy-refractory schizophrenic patients in Sweden is approximately SEK 1.9 billion. The result highlights the need for discussions concerning alternative treatment methods but also focuses on the importance of using health economic evaluations within psychiatry.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
1994. Vol. 48, no 5, 311-313 p.
National CategorySocial Sciences Interdisciplinary
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-79060DOI: 10.3109/08039489409081366OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-79060DiVA: diva2:538047