Cost-effectiveness of supported employment adapted for people with affective disorders

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Objective: The individual enabling and support (IES) model was effective in gaining competitive employment for people with affective disorders compared with traditional vocational rehabilitation (TVR) services in a randomized controlled trial in a Swedish setting. The object of this study is to perform a cost-effectiveness analysis of IES comparing to TVR. Methods: We considered the costs of intervention and productivity gain due to increased competitive employment. We estimated quality of life using EuroQol 5 Dimension (EQ-5D) and Manchester Short Assessment of Quality of Life (MANSA) scale. EQ-5D was translated into quality-adjusted life-years (QALY), using the UK, Danish, and Swedish tariffs. We performed the analysis from a societal perspective with a one-year timeframe. Results: The cost of IES was €7247 lower per person per year (2014 prices) compared to TVR. There were no significant differences in QALY improvement within or between groups. However, quality of life measured by the MANSA scale significantly improved over the study period in IES. Limitations: Besides the small sample size, details on the intervention costs for both IES and TVR group were unavailable and had to be obtained from external sources. Conclusions: Implementation of IES for people with affective disorders is most likely cost-saving and is potentially even dominating TVR, although a larger trial is required to establish this.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)236-239
Number of pages4
JournalNordic Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Apr 3

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy

Free keywords

  • affective disorders
  • cost-effectiveness analysis
  • Economic evaluation
  • QALY
  • supported employment


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