Investing in recovery: making the business case for effective interventions for people with schizophrenia and psychosis

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Knapp, Martin; Andrew, Alison; McDaid, David
Rethink Mental Illness
Date of publication
1 April 2014
Mental health services
Social welfare
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The health service spent £2 billion on services for people with psychosis in 2012/13. Over half (54%) of this total was devoted to inpatient care. This means that spending is currently skewed towards the more expensive parts of the system, at £350 average cost per day for inpatient care compared with £13 per day in some community settings. There is a strong business case for investing in the early intervention and community-based interventions proven to generate savings or value-for-money gains through reduced inpatient admission, or through other routes. This report provides the most up-to-date economic evidence to support the business case for investment in effective, recovery-focused services. Drawing on a wide range of data, evidence for the cost-effectiveness of recovery-focused interventions is set out.

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