The Economic Burden of PTSD. A brief review of salient literature

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Burden of Disease studies can help policy makers set priorities for health care spending and resource management. To date, there appears to be relatively few pieces of published research examining the economic cost of post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The purpose of this review is to collate and synthesis contemporary research that looks at the economic burden of PTSD. PTSDPubs, the Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), PubMed and Psych Info were used to identify studies reporting the economic cost of PTSD. Keywords used were “Cost of Illness” OR “Economic burden of disease” in PTSDPubs. “Cost of Illness”, “Burden of Disease” “PTSD” and “Psychological Trauma. Three studies were identified that reported the cost of PTSD. All of which report that the economic cost of PTSD is substantial. There are a number of limitations with these studies and further research from a societal perspective is required.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20- 26
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Psychiatry and Mental Health
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2019


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