B4402 - Health Economic Model for Evaluating Interventions for Children of Parents with Mental Illness - 18/09/2023

B number: 
Principal applicant name: 
Ben Wijnen | Trimbos Institute (the Netherlands)
dr. Frederick Thielen
Title of project: 
Health Economic Model for Evaluating Interventions for Children of Parents with Mental Illness
Proposal summary: 

Children of parents with mental illness (COPMI) face a heightened risk of developing mental disorders themselves. While the literature underscores the importance of early interventions, there is a scarcity of studies investigating the economic implications of such interventions. This project seeks to bridge this gap by constructing a health economic model that synthesizes both clinical and economic data, enabling a comprehensive analysis of the potential benefits and costs associated with different intervention approaches.
Hence, in this project, we will develop a health economic simulation model to examine the cost-effectiveness of interventions targeting these children/families. The ultimate goal is to demonstrate the added value of these interventions for children, their parents, and society as a whole.
Upon completion, the health economic model will provide a quantifiable assessment of the economic value of various interventions for children of parents with mental illness. It will enable decision-makers to compare the costs and benefits of different strategies, facilitating resource allocation based on a comprehensive understanding of both short-term and long-term outcomes. Sensitivity analyses will be conducted to assess the robustness of the model to variations in input parameters, and scenario analyses will explore the impact of different assumptions and policies.

Impact of research: 
The implications of this research are substantial, as they have the potential to guide policy recommendations and inform clinical practices. By quantifying the economic consequences of interventions for children of parents with mental illness, this study addresses a critical gap in the literature and contributes to the broader field of health economics. The results will aid in prioritizing interventions that maximize both health outcomes and efficient resource utilization, thereby improving the well-being of a vulnerable population while optimizing healthcare spending. At Trimbos, we have a team dedicated at improving health for children with parents who are addicted to alcohol or drugs or who are mentally ill. We run a program to increase awareness of associated risks among professionals who work with children such as teachers. We provide facts and figures, guides and tools, training and events. Moreover, professionals can participate in the national platform specifically directed to this issue that gathers annually.
Date proposal received: 
Wednesday, 23 August, 2023
Date proposal approved: 
Monday, 4 September, 2023
Health Economics, Mental health, Statistical methods, Childhood - childcare, childhood adversity, Psychology - personality