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Cost-effectiveness of an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies service

  • Clara Mukuria (a1), John Brazier (a1), Michael Barkham (a2), Janice Connell (a1), Gillian Hardy (a2), Rebecca Hutten (a3), Dave Saxon (a3), Kim Dent-Brown (a3) and Glenys Parry (a4)...

Abstract

Background

Effective psychological therapies have been recommended for common mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety, but provision has been poor. Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) may provide a cost-effective solution to this problem.

Aims

To determine the cost-effectiveness of IAPT at the Doncaster demonstration site (2007–2009).

Method

An economic evaluation comparing costs and health outcomes for patients at the IAPT demonstration site with those for comparator sites, including a separate assessment of lost productivity. Sensitivity analyses were undertaken.

Results

The IAPT site had higher service costs and was associated with small additional gains in quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs) compared with its comparator sites, resulting in a cost per QALY gained of £29 500 using the Short Form (SF-6D). Sensitivity analysis using predicted EQ-5D scores lowered this to £16 857. Costs per reliable and clinically significant (RCS) improvement were £9440 per participant.

Conclusions

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies provided a service that was probably cost-effective within the usual National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) threshold range of £20 000-30 000, but there was considerable uncertainty surrounding the costs and outcome differences.

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Corresponding author

Clara Mukuria, Health Economics and Decision Science, School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), University of Sheffield, Regent Court, 30 Regent Street, Sheffield S1 4DA, UK. Email: c.mukuria@sheffield.ac.uk

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