The lifetime costs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

KHONG Branden
Centre for Mental Health
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This study attempts to compile a broad estimate of the total economic impact of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder to society over the course of the lifetime of a typical-case individual suffering from ADHD. Through a thorough review of the established literature, a cost of illness is derived for the economic consequences of ADHD from a societal perspective over the course of a patient’s lifetime. Drawing on a limited number of available studies, the paper estimates the average annual cost of healthcare to be £920.37. The average total lifetime cost, which also included education costs and income loss was found to be £102,135.89. A discussion of the limitations and assumptions follows the discussion of the resultant findings. The paper concludes by highlighting the implications for social policy as well as the requirements of future research regarding this area of mental health. (Edited publisher abstract)

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costs, economic evaluation, ADHD, mental health problems, health care, education, employment;
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United Kingdom

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