A comparison of the cost-effectiveness of sertraline versus tricyclic antidepressants in primary care

Forder, Julien E. and Kavanagh, Shane M. and Fenyo, Andrew J. (1996) A comparison of the cost-effectiveness of sertraline versus tricyclic antidepressants in primary care. Journal of Affective Disorders, 38 (2-3). pp. 97-111. ISSN 0165-0327. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

There has been considerable debate concerning the cost-effectiveness of selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) versus tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) thus far using crude prescription price comparisons or reductionist decision-analytic models. This paper employs a retrospective quasi-experimental design where data on service utilisation, use of medication and informal care were collected for two groups of patients in general practice settings. The mean cost of treatment was marginally greater for those people receiving TCA medication due to greater use of psychiatric services. Factors such as age, previous depression and concomitant physical illness are all associated with greater treatment costs. Further analysis using a prospective design is recommended.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Biosciences
Depositing User: R.F. Xu
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2009 14:46
Last Modified: 19 May 2014 15:04
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/19186 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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