The validity of EQ-5D US preference weights in liver transplant candidates and recipients.

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Abstract

  • Health utility instruments assess patients' valuation of specific health states, which can be converted to quality-adjusted life years for cost-utility analysis. Data from the EQ-5D, a generic health-related quality of life questionnaire from EuroQoL, can be reported as 5 health status scores or as a single health preference weight (HPW). US population-based HPWs were published by Shaw and colleagues in 2005 (Med Care 2005;43:203-220). Our aim was to test the validity of US EQ-5D HPWs and health status scores in liver transplant patients. EQ-5D scores were converted to HPWs with Shaw et al.'s model. Data were stratified by measurement period: pretransplant period, early posttransplant period (< or =12 months), intermediate posttransplant period (13-36 months), and late posttransplant period (>36 months). EQ-5D scores were compared to specific, hypothesized Short Form 36 Health Survey, Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale, and Beck Anxiety Inventory scores that were identified a priori on the basis of construct similarity. Criterion-related and construct validity were tested with nonparametric methods. Two hundred eighty-five adults participated (113 in the pretransplant period, 60 in the early posttransplant period, 47 in the intermediate posttransplant period, and 65 in the late posttransplant period), and follow-up averaged 36 +/- 36 months. Eighty-one percent of the hypothesized relationships between EQ-5D and gold-standard scales were strong (r > or = |0.5|, P < 0.001), and the remainder were moderate (r > |0.3|, P < 0.001). Differences between pretransplant and posttransplant EQ-5D HPWs were statistically significant. In conclusion, EQ-5D dimensions and the health utility index generated from Shaw's US population preference weights demonstrated criterion-related and construct validity in liver transplant patients. It is a valid instrument for cost-utility analysis in this setting.
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  • Adult, Aged, Cohort Studies, Female, Humans, Liver Diseases, Liver Transplantation, Male, Middle Aged, Psychometrics, Quality of Life, Reproducibility of Results, Surveys and Questionnaires, Treatment Outcome, United States
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  • Russell RT; Feurer ID; Wisawatapnimit P; Pinson CW
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  • 88
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  • 95
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  • 15
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