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Brain disorders cost the most overall but attract the least research funding

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 26 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4766
  1. Krishna Chinthapalli
  1. 1BMJ

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 …

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