BACKGROUND: Empirical identification of the direct impact of hospitalisation in the change in utility could provide an interpretation for some of the unexplained variance in quality of life responses in clinical practice and clinical trials and provide assistance to researchers in assessing the impact of a hospitalisation in the context of economic evaluations. This study had the goal of determining the impact of nonfatal hospitalisations on the quality of life of a cohort of patients previously diagnosed with heart failure by using their quality of life measurements before and after hospitalisation. METHODS: The impact of hospitalisation on health-related quality of life was estimated by calculating the difference in utility measured using the EQ-5D-3L in patients that were hospitalised and had records of utility before and after hospitalisation. The variation in differences between the utilities pre and post hospitalisation was explained through two multiple linear regression models using (1) the individual patient characteristics and (2) the hospitalisation characteristics as explanatory variables. RESULTS: The mean difference between health-related quality of life measurement pre and post hospitalisation was found to be 0.020 [95% CI: - 0.020, 0.059] when measured with the EQ-5D index, while there was a mean decrease of - 0.012 [95% CI: - 0.043, 0.020] in the utility measured with the visual analogue scale. Differences in utility variation according to the primary cause for hospitalisation were found. Regression models showed a statistically significant impact of body mass index and serum creatinine in the index utility differences and of serum creatinine for utilities measured with the visual analogue scale. CONCLUSIONS: Knowing the impact of hospitalisation on health-related quality of life is particularly relevant for informing cost-effectiveness studies designed to assess health technologies aimed at reducing hospital admissions. Through using patient-level data it was possible to estimate the variation in utilities before and after the average hospitalisation and for hospitalisations due to the most common causes for hospital admission. These estimates for (dis) utility could be used in the calculations of effectiveness on economic evaluations, especially when discrete event simulations are the employed modelling technique.

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Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
Erasmus University Rotterdam

Albuquerque de Almeida, F.G, Al, M.J, Koymans, R.L.C, Riistama, J. (Jarno), Pauws, S.C, & Severens, J.L. (2020). Impact of hospitalisation on health-related quality of life in patients with chronic heart failure. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 18(1). doi:10.1186/s12955-020-01508-8