Open access Economic evaluation of mental health interventions: an introduction to cost-utility analysis

Jeroen Luyten, Huseyin Naci, Martin Knapp (2016)

Evidence-Based Mental Health 19 2 49-53


Available online: 13 April 2016

Finite resources need to be allocated over an ever-increasing range of competing health policies and interventions. Economic evaluation has been developed as a methodology to inform decision makers on the efficiency of particular resource allocations. In this paper we summarize cost-utility analysis, one of the most widely-used forms of economic evaluation in healthcare. We discuss its main elements, interpretation, limitations and relevance to the domain of mental health.