Cost-effectiveness of psychotherapy for personality disorders. A systematic review on economic evaluation studies

P Wetzelaer, J Lokkerbol, A Arntz, A van Asselt, S Evers

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: So far, there has not been a complete overview of the cost-effectiveness of psychotherapy for patients with a personality disorder.<br/> AIM: To provide an overview of scientific literature on the cost-effectiveness of psychotherapy for patients with a personality disorder.<br/> METHOD: We reviewed the literature systematically, searching the NHS EED, PubMed and PsycINFO databases. We concentrated solely on full economic evaluations of treatments in which all patients had a personality disorder.<br/> RESULTS: Most studies concluded that at least one of the psychotherapeutic treatments investigated was cost-effective. Dialectical behavior therapy was studied the most; schema therapy came next, followed by cognitive behavioural therapy.<br/> CONCLUSION: In general, scientific evidence indicates that psychotherapeutic treatments for patients with personality disorders are cost-effective relative to the comparator treatments. This is important information because it can influence decisions on whether the costs of psychotherapy should be reimbursed.

Translated title of the contributionCost-effectiveness of psychotherapy for personality disorders. A systematic review on economic evaluation studies
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)717-727
Number of pages11
JournalTijdschrift voor Psychiatrie
Volume58
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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