Objective: Major depression is a great burden on society, as it is associated with high disability/costs. The aim of this study was to evaluate the cost-utility of Collaborative Care (CC) for major depressive disorder compared to Care As Usual (CAU) in a primary health care setting from a societal perspective.
Methods: A cluster randomized controlled trial was conducted, including 93 patients that were identified by screening (45-CC, 48-CAU). Another 57 patients were identified by the GP (56-CC, 1-CAU). The outcome measures were TiC-P, SF-HQL and EQ-5D, respectively measuring health care utilization, production losses and general health related quality of life at baseline three, six, nine and twelve months. A cost-utility analysis was performed for patients included by screening and a sensitivity analysis was done by also including patients identified by the GP.
Results: The average annual total costs was €1131 (95% C.I., €-. 3158 to €750) lower for CC compared to CAU. The average quality of life years (QALYs) gained was 0.02 (95% C.I., -. 0.004 to 0.04) higher for CC, so CC was dominant from a societal perspective. Taking a health care perspective, CC was less cost-effective due to higher costs, €1173 (95% C.I., €-. 216 to €2726), of CC compared to CAU which led to an ICER of 53,717 Euro/QALY. The sensitivity analysis showed dominance of CC.
Conclusion: The cost-utility analysis from a societal perspective showed that CC was dominant to CAU. CC may be a promising treatment for depression in the primary care setting. Further research should explore the cost-effectiveness of long-term CC.

Collaborative care, Cost utility, Depressive disorder, Primary health care, Randomized controlled trial
dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychores.2015.06.006, hdl.handle.net/1765/84603
Journal of Psychosomatic Research
Institute for Medical Technology Assessment (iMTA)

Goorden, M, Huijbregts, K.M.L, van Marwijk, H.W, Beekman, A.T.F, van der Feltz-Cornelis, C.M, & Hakkaart-van Roijen, L. (2015). Cost-utility of collaborative care for major depressive disorder in primary care in the Netherlands. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 79(4), 316–323. doi:10.1016/j.jpsychores.2015.06.006