Led by the team of Maastricht University the PECUNIA consortium has published its first article titled "Exploring the identification, validation, and categorization of costs and benefits of education in mental health: The PECUNIA project". The article describes the Horizontal Activity 1 Identification within work package 2, Education and criminal justice. It was published in the International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care and can be accessed via this link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0266462320000203.
Background Mental health problems can lead to costs and benefits in other sectors (e.g. in the education sector) in addition to the healthcare sector. These related costs and benefits are known as intersectoral costs and benefits (ICBs). Although some ICBs within the education sector have been identified previously, little is known about their extensiveness and transferability, which is crucial for their inclusion in health economics research.
Objectives The aim of this study was to identify ICBs in the education sector, to validate the list of ICBs in a broader European context, and to categorize the ICBs using mental health as a case study.