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Title: The economic burden of mental disorders among adults in Singapore: evidence from the 2016 Singapore Mental Health Study
Authors: Abdin, Edimansyah
Chong, Siow Ann
Ragu, Vithiya
Vaingankar, Janhavi Ajit
Shafie, Saleha
Verma, Swapna
Ganesan, Ganga
Tan, Kelvin Bryan
Heng, Derrick 
Subramaniam, Mythily 
Keywords: economic burden
healthcare utilization
medical costs
Mental disorders
Issue Date: 2-Aug-2021
Publisher: Taylor and Francis Ltd.
Citation: Abdin, Edimansyah, Chong, Siow Ann, Ragu, Vithiya, Vaingankar, Janhavi Ajit, Shafie, Saleha, Verma, Swapna, Ganesan, Ganga, Tan, Kelvin Bryan, Heng, Derrick, Subramaniam, Mythily (2021-08-02). The economic burden of mental disorders among adults in Singapore: evidence from the 2016 Singapore Mental Health Study. Journal of Mental Health. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
Abstract: Background: Little is known about the economic burden of mental disorders in multiethnic Asian populations. Aims: The study aimed to estimate the economic cost of mental disorders in Singapore using data from the second Singapore Mental Health Study (SMHS 2016). Method: The SMHS 2016 is a nationally representative survey of the Singapore Resident population aged 18 years and above. Data on mental disorders and healthcare resource utilization were obtained from the World Mental Health Composite International Diagnostic Interview and the adapted version of the Client Service Receipt Inventory. Results: The costs of visits to a restructured hospital doctor, other private health workers, accident and emergency, and intermediate and long-term care services and productivity losses tend to be much higher in those with mental disorders than those without mental disorders. The average annual excess cost associated with mental disorders per person was estimated to be S$3938.9 (95% CI, S$-100.8–S$7978.7). Extrapolation of these excess costs to the population suggests that the incremental costs of mental disorders in Singapore is about S$1.7 billion per year. Conclusion: This study provides evidence of the substantial burden of mental disorders on Singaporean society–both in terms of direct medical costs and loss of productivity costs. © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Source Title: Journal of Mental Health
ISSN: 0963-8237
DOI: 10.1080/09638237.2021.1952958
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
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