Hidden Cost of Schizophrenia

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ScienceDaily (Feb. 1, 2010) — People being treated for schizophrenia are more likely than the general population to have encounters with the criminal justice system in the US. A study published in the open access journal BMC Psychiatry has shown that schizophrenia patients’ involvement with the criminal justice system is primarily driven by their being victims of crime and that the average annual per-patient cost of involvement with the criminal justice system was $1429.

Story Source: The above story is reprinted (with editorial adaptations by ScienceDaily staff) from materials provided by BioMed Central, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS.

Reference: Haya Ascher-Svanum, Allen W. Nyhuis, Douglas E. Faries, Daniel E. Ball and Bruce J. Kinon. Involvement in the US criminal justice system and cost implications for persons treated for schizophrenia. BMC Psychiatry, (in press).

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/01/100127211855.htm

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