Rationalization of innovation
the role of health-economic evaluation in improving the efficiency of mental health care
Meeting the needs of the many patients suffering from mental disorders requires a qualitatively good health care system. However, financial budgets for mental health care are under pressure.
In this context, the following questions need to be addressed urgently:
- How can cost-effective interventions be identified?
- Will the health care system become more cost-effective when e-health is being introduced on a large scale? How will this affect population health and budgets?
- And in an award-winning paper: what interventions need to be scaled up to increase the overall cost-effectiveness of a health care system? Can we strike an optimal balance between investing and disinvesting in interventions?
This thesis presents both existing and new economic evaluation methods to answer these and related questions.