The size, burden and cost of disorders of the brain in the UK

Naomi Fineberg, Peter M. Haddad, Lewis Carpenter, Brenda Gannon, Rachel Sharpe, Allan H. Young, Eileen Joyce, James Rowe, D. Wellsted, David J. Nutt, Barbara J. Sahakian

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Aim: The aim of this paper is to increase awareness of the prevalence and cost of psychiatric and neurological disorders (brain disorders) in the UK. Method: UK data for 18 brain disorders were extracted from a systematic review of European epidemiological data and prevalence rates and the costs of each disorder were summarized (2010 values). Results: There were approximately 45 million cases of brain disorders in the UK, with a cost of €134 billion per annum. The most prevalent were headache, anxiety disorders, sleep disorders, mood disorders and somatoform disorders. However, the five most costly disorders (€ million) were: dementia: €22,164; psychotic disorders: €16,717; mood disorders: €19,238; addiction: €11,719; anxiety disorders: €11,687. Apart from psychosis, these five disorders ranked amongst those with the lowest direct medical expenditure per subject (
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)761-70
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Psychopharmacology
Issue number9
Early online date24 Jul 2013
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2013


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