Burden of illness

Tom McGuire, Kenneth B. Wells, Martha L. Bruce, Jeanne Miranda, Richard Scheffler, Mary Durham, Daniel E. Ford, Lydia Lewis, Mark S. Bauer, Kimberly Hoagwood, Sarah Horwirtz, William Lawson, Thomas McGuire, Harold Pincus, William Smith, Jürgen Unützer

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The burden of affective disorders includes costs and the pain and suffering of affected individuls. Burden can be perceived from social and private perspectives. Although no ideal measure of burden exists, ample evidence documents the extensive cost and other negative impacts of affective disorders. Affective disorders are associated with disruptive family relations, higher health care costs for comorbid conditions, elevated rates of suicide, and lower productivity. Reserch should focus on improving measures of burden in general and on quantifying burden from the standpoint of diverse population groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)179-185
Number of pages7
JournalMental Health Services Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Burden of affective disorders
  • Cost
  • DALYs
  • QALYs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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