Costs and Cost Analysis

Publication Title: 
The American Journal of Psychiatry

OBJECTIVE: Reported cases of multiple personality disorder have increased dramatically in the last decade. Few data are available on the treatment of multiple personality disorder. Current recommendations are based on the experience of individual clinicians rather than on systematic research. METHOD: A questionnaire study of 305 clinicians representing a spectrum of mental health professionals was conducted to survey the types and relative efficacy of treatment modalities currently used with cases of multiple personality disorder.

Author(s): 
Putnam, F. W.
Loewenstein, R. J.
Publication Title: 
The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

BACKGROUND: This article is a critical review of the efficacy of selected alternative treatments for unipolar depression including exercise, stress management techniques, acupuncture, St. John's wort, bright light, and sleep deprivation. Issues related to women across the life span, including pregnancy and lactation, are highlighted. DATA SOURCES: Evidence of efficacy is based on randomized controlled trials. A distinction is made between studies that address depressive symptoms and studies that address depressive disorders.

Author(s): 
Manber, Rachel
Allen, John J. B.
Morris, Margaret E.
Morris, Margaret M.
Publication Title: 
Annals of Internal Medicine

BACKGROUND: Few treatments for back pain are supported by strong scientific evidence. Conventional treatments, although widely used, have had limited success. Dissatisfied patients have, therefore, turned to complementary and alternative medical therapies and providers for care for back pain. PURPOSE: To provide a rigorous and balanced summary of the best available evidence about the effectiveness, safety, and costs of the most popular complementary and alternative medical therapies used to treat back pain. DATA SOURCES: MEDLINE, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Controlled Trials Register.

Author(s): 
Cherkin, Daniel C.
Sherman, Karen J.
Deyo, Richard A.
Shekelle, Paul G.
Publication Title: 
Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society

In October 2000 the German Federal Committee of Physicians and Health Insurers recommended that special Model Projects on Acupuncture ("Modellvorhaben Akupunktur") be developed in order to determine the evidence-based role of acupuncture in the treatment of certain illnesses. This paper presents a summary of the main randomised controlled trials performed as part of these projects, and the associated economic analyses.

Author(s): 
Cummings, Mike
Publication Title: 
Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society

In October 2000 the German Federal Committee of Physicians and Health Insurers recommended that special Model Projects on Acupuncture ("Modellvorhaben Akupunktur") be developed in order to determine the evidence-based role of acupuncture in the treatment of certain illnesses. This paper presents a summary of the main randomised controlled trials performed as part of these projects, and the associated economic analyses.

Author(s): 
Cummings, Mike
Publication Title: 
International Journal of Clinical Practice

OBJECTIVES: We determined the prevalence, range and factors influencing the use of complementary therapy among hemifacial spasm patients and compared the patterns of use of complementary therapies across different movement disorders in a systematic pooled analysis of published literature. METHODS: A structured questionnaire was administered to 96 hemifacial spasm patients evaluating frequency of complementary therapy use, and factors influencing patients' decision to seek these therapies.

Author(s): 
Peeraully, T.
Hameed, S.
Cheong, P. T.
Pavanni, R.
Hussein, K.
Fook-Chong, S. M. C.
Tan, E.-K.
Publication Title: 
Medical Hypotheses

Secular growth has been occurring in Europe for about 150 years. In the USA, since 1900, each new generation has increased by an average of 1in (2.54cm) in height and about 10lb (4.54kg) in weight. This trend has generally been viewed as favorable and tallness is admired, with the current ideal height for a man in the Western world being 6ft 2in (188cm). The Japanese have increased in height since the end of the Second World War by about 5in (12.7cm) in height and the Chinese have been growing at the rate of 2.54cm/decade since the 1950s.

Author(s): 
Samaras, T. T.
Storms, L. H.
Publication Title: 
Rejuvenation Research

The question has arisen in the literature as to whether dietary restriction (DR) will have a significant effect on human longevity. I initially use literature data to estimate the energy costs necessary to carry a human from conception to caloric self-sufficiency to be approximately 12.6 x 10(6)kcal, which amounts to approximately 25% of the the two parents' combined daily caloric intake for 20 years. Similar levels of financial costs are expended in developed societies. Thus, human reproductive costs are high enough to permit a DR response.

Author(s): 
Arking, Robert
Publication Title: 
Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of London

A limited no-fault scheme along the lines in the report would be a means by which reasonable levels of compensation could be provided promptly to the victims of medical intervention at relatively low administrative cost and with relative accessibility for those involved. However, the scheme would need to be carefully costed before implementation. This means that detailed consideration be given to the likely effects on the numbers of people claiming compensation, and the levels of compensation payable, as well as the administrative costs involved.

Publication Title: 
The Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics

BACKGROUND: Informal caregiving contributes significantly to the health and well being of chronically ill persons. While a vast literature demonstrates this connection, the cost and financial burden of informal caregiving has received considerably less research attention, especially as it-pertains to bipolar disorder. AIMS OF THE STUDY: This paper develops an integrated burden model of informal caregiving, which is contrasted with other more traditional models of caregiving costs, and then uses these models to estimate the financial burden of bipolar disorder.

Author(s): 
Wolff, Nancy
Perlick, Deborah A.
Kaczynski, Richard
Calabrese, Joseph
Nierenberg, Andrew
Miklowitz, David J.

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