Priority 10 from the Occupational Therapy PSP
|UNCERTAINTY: What is the cost-effectiveness of occupational therapy services? (JLA PSP Priority 10)
|JLA question ID
There is a lack of economic evaluations of occupational therapy service delivery. It is acknowledged that many will feel uncomfortable at the thought that 'cost' might be prioritised over other measures, such as the outcomes and experiences of the people who access occupational therapy services. In the context of limited public funding, and the expectation that statutory services spend tax-payers' money wisely, it is important that the profession can demonstrate that our services make a difference to people's lives and are cost-effective in doing so.
This question therefore aims to provide evidence about the extent to which different occupational therapy services and interventions offer value for money and are therefore worth investing in.
There is currently one systematic review (Green and Rod, 2017) that considers econonic evaluations in OT (which concludes a lack of robust evidence). Studies published after this study focus on specific areas. The area has not be comprehensively researched. This is an area of uncertainty.
|Health Research Classification System category
|Generic Health Relevance
|Extra information provided by this PSP
|Original uncertainty examples
|What are the quantitative financial impact/cost benefits of Occupational Therapy in mental health services? ~ how effective OT can save the NHS money ~ How much money OTs in mental health services save the welfare state and the public purse. ~ Is occupational therapy delivered in primary care settings having a cost effective impact on reducing pressures on GP services. ~ Cost savings to the public purse due to avoidance of hospital admissions and reductions in care packages attributed to Occupational Therapy Input.
|Occupational therapists, Carers, Students, Services Users, Other, Not Specified
|PSP unique ID
|Total number of uncertainties identified by this PSP.
|66 (To see a full list of all uncertainties identified, please see the detailed spreadsheet held on the JLA website)
|Date of priority setting workshop
|27 July 2020