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Cost and carbon burden of long-acting injections: a sustainable evaluation.

Maughan, Daniel L and Lillywhite, Rob and Cooke, Matthew W (2016) Cost and carbon burden of long-acting injections: a sustainable evaluation. BJPsych bulletin, 40 (3). pp. 132-6. ISSN 2056-4694. This article is available to all HEFT staff and students via http://tinyurl.com/z795c8c by using their HEFT Athens login IDs

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Official URL: http://pb.rcpsych.org/content/40/3/132

Abstract

Aims and method This study explores the economic cost and carbon footprint associated with current patterns of prescribing long-term flupentixol decanoate long-acting injections. We conducted an analysis of prescription data from a mental health trust followed by economic and carbon cost projections using local and national data. Results A reduction of £300 000 could be achieved across England by improving prescribing behaviour, which equates to £250 per patient per year and 170 000 kg CO2e. These savings are unlikely to be released as cash from the service, but will lead to higher-value service provision at the same or lower cost. Most of these carbon emissions are attributable to the carbon footprint of the appointment - 88 000 kg CO2e (including energy use and materials used) and the overprescribing of medication - 66 000 kg CO2e. Clinical implications Psychiatrists need to review their prescribing practice of long-acting injections to reduce their impact on the National Health Service financial budget and the environment.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available to all HEFT staff and students via http://tinyurl.com/z795c8c by using their HEFT Athens login IDs
Subjects: WM Psychiatry. Mental health
WX Health services > WX135 Health services management
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Depositing User: Mrs Caroline Tranter
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2017 14:25
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2017 14:25
URI: http://www.repository.heartofengland.nhs.uk/id/eprint/1206

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