Cost-Effectiveness of 12-Month Therapeutic Assertive Community Treatment as Part of Integrated Care Versus Standard Care in Patients With Schizophrenia Treated With Quetiapine Immediate Release (ACCESS Trial)

Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Psychosis Centre, Centre for Psychosocial Medicine, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany.
The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry (Impact Factor: 5.5). 03/2012; 73(3):e402-8. DOI: 10.4088/JCP.11m06875
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To compare the 1-year cost-effectiveness of therapeutic assertive community treatment (ACT) with standard care in schizophrenia. ACT was specifically developed for patients with schizophrenia, delivered by psychosis experts highly trained in respective psychotherapies, and embedded into an integrated care system.
Two catchment areas in Hamburg, Germany, with similar population size and health care structures were assigned to offer 12-month ACT (n = 64) or standard care (n = 56) to 120 first- and multiple-episode patients with schizophrenia spectrum disorders (DSM-IV), the latter with a history of relapse due to medication nonadherence. Primary outcome was the incremental cost-effectiveness ratio (ICER) based on mental health care costs from a payer perspective and quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs) as a measure of health effects during the 12-month follow-up period (2006-2007).
ACT was associated with significantly lower inpatient but higher outpatient costs than standard care, resulting in nonsignificantly lower total costs (P = .27). Incremental QALYs in the ACT group were 0.1 (P < .001). Thus, the point estimate for the ICER showed dominance of ACT. The probability of an ICER below €50,000 per QALY gained was 99.5%.
The implementation of a psychotherapeutically oriented schizophrenia-specific and -experienced ACT team led to an improved patient outcome with reduced need of inpatient care. Despite the introduction of such a rather "costly" ACT team, treatment in ACT was cost-effective with regard to improved quality of life at comparable yearly costs. identifier: NCT01081418.

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    • "A recent German study in Hamburg demonstrated reduced inpatient days in patients followed-up assertively for 12 months and concluded that the intervention was more cost-effective than the standard care service it was compared with. Though outpatient costs had been higher in the intervention group, the total cost was still lower due to the significantly more expensive inpatient costs [6]. Similarly, a recent Danish study demonstrated patients receiving an assertive intervention for two years, had less substance use, better adherence to medication and were more satisfied with their treatment. "
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