Brain disorders cost the most overall but attract the least research fundingBMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4766 (Published 26 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4766
- Krishna Chinthapalli
There needs to be more funding for research into neurological and psychiatric disorders, say the authors of a study into the costs of such disorders.
The study found that “for every £1m (€1.2m; $1.5m) of health and social care costs attributable to each disease, cancer received £129 269 in research funding, coronary heart disease received £73 153, stroke received £8745, and dementia received just £4882.”1
Barbara Sahakian, president of the British Association for Psychopharmacology, and principal investigator for the study, said at a press briefing, “No group of chronic diseases costs the world more than brain disorders, with one third of the adult population suffering from a mental disorder …