Economics of interventions in early childhood

This PhD investigates methods to predict the lifetime health benefits and economic costs associated with early childhood interventions. Richard Mattock has applied these methods to assess the cost-effectiveness of UK population screening for postnatal depression. He found the cost-effective screening strategy for postnatal depression changed when the effects of postnatal symptoms on children’s lifetime outcomes were included in the analysis. Richard is currently working as a Research Fellow in the Department for Health Sciences at the University of York. His current project collaborates with researchers from the Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and involves estimating the return on investment of early childhood interventions in the Better Start Bradford cohort.