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Indirect Costs of Schizophrenia

Sadly, statistics indicate that individuals being treated for Schizophrenia have more encounters with the criminal justice system than the general population.

However involvement with the law did not result from schizophrenic perpetration, rather individuals were victims of crime.

Haya Ascher-Svanum led a team of researchers from Eli Lilly and Company, USA, who used data from a study of around 600 people with schizophrenia to estimate the prevalence and cost of involvement with the criminal justice system.

They found that 46 percent had had at least one encounter, and these patients were more likely to be younger, with poorer mental health, and less likely to adhere to their medication regime. Being a crime victim was the most prevalent type of encounter, comprising 67 percent of these patients.

The team also estimated, for the first time, the direct economic impact of legal involvement. According to Ascher-Svanum, “These encounters may comprise approximately 6 percent to 11 percent of the annual per-patient direct total costs.

“When assessing the costs of schizophrenia, future studies should account for potential criminal justice system involvement whenever possible.”

Source: BMC Psychiatry

Indirect Costs of Schizophrenia

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Indirect Costs of Schizophrenia. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 21, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2010/02/02/indirect-costs-of-schizophrenia/11126.html

 

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