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Use of cognitive therapy for relapse prevention in chronic depression. Cost-effectiveness study

Scott, J., Palmer, S., Payel, E., Teasdale, J. and Hayhurst, H. (2003) Use of cognitive therapy for relapse prevention in chronic depression. Cost-effectiveness study. British Journal of Psychiatry, 182 (3). pp. 221-227. ISSN 0007-1250

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Background There is a lack of data on the cost-effectiveness of relapse prevention in depression.

Method A total of 158 subjects with partially remitted major depression despite adequate clinical treatment were randomly allocated to cognitive therapy in addition to antidepressants and clinical management v. antidepressants and clinical management alone. Relapse rates and health care resource utilisation were measured prospectively over 17 months.

Results Cumulative relapse rates in the cognitive therapy group were significantly lower than in the control group (29% v. 47%). The incremental cost incurred in subjects receiving cognitive therapy over 17 months (£779; 95% CI £387-£1170) was significantly lower than the overall mean costs of cognitive therapy (£1164; 95% CI £1084-£1244). The incremental cost-effectiveness ratio ranged from £4328 to £5027 per additional relapse prevented.

Conclusions In individuals with depressive symptoms that are resistant to standard treatment, adjunctive cognitive therapy is more costly but more effective than intensive clinical treatment alone.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Centre for Health Economics (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2009 10:50
Last Modified: 12 Aug 2009 10:50
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1192/bjp.182.3.221
Status: Published
Publisher: Royal College of Psychiatrists
Identification Number: 10.1192/bjp.182.3.221
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/5768

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