Recent study shows impact of Personal Health Budgets for people with drug and alcohol dependency

The Department of Health recently commissioned a survey on personal health budgets revealing that people with personal health budgets are better at controlling their drug and alcohol dependency than those that do not have a personal health budget.

This was just one of the many findings contained within the Personal Health Budget Evaluation study including that people with personal health budgets developed better relationships with their health professionals and found innovative ways to spend their money such as driving lessons and alternative therapies.

However researchers, commenting on the study, suggested that the small sample size prevented a full analysis of the cost effectiveness and outcomes of personal budgets. They also said that their analysis did not evaluate personal health budgets as direct payments but rather as budgets managed by commissioners.

You can read the full study report, Personal Health Budget Evaluation here.


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Last Updated : 10 February 2014. Page Author: marijke.hirst.