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Health state utilities for economic evaluation of bariatric surgery: a comprehensive systematic review and meta-analysis


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Xia, Q, Campbell, JA ORCID: 0000-0002-1820-6758, Ahmad, H ORCID: 0000-0002-2580-9856, Si, L ORCID: 0000-0002-3044-170X, de Graaff, B ORCID: 0000-0003-0743-9561, Otahal, P ORCID: 0000-0003-4042-1769 and Palmer, AJ ORCID: 0000-0002-9703-7891 2020 , 'Health state utilities for economic evaluation of bariatric surgery: a comprehensive systematic review and meta-analysis' , Obesity Reviews, vol. 21, no. 8 , pp. 1-14 , doi: 10.1111/obr.13028.

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Health state utilities (HSUs) are health economic metrics that capture and assess health-related quality of life (HRQoL). They are essential in health-economic evaluations when calculating quality-adjusted life years. We investigated published studies reporting bariatric surgery-related HSUs elicited through direct or indirect (multiattribute utility instrument [MAUI]) patient-reported methods (PROSPERO registration number: CRD42019131725). Mean HSUs for different time points and HSU changes over time (where feasible) were meta-analysed using random-effects models. Of the 950 potentially relevant identified studies, n = 28 (2004-2018) qualified for data extraction, with n = 85 unique HSUs elicited mainly from the EQ-5D (88%). Most (75%) studies were published after 2013. The follow-up duration varied between studies and was often limited to 12 months. The pooled mean HSU was 0.72 (0.67-0.76) at baseline/presurgery (n = 18) and 0.84 (0.79-0.89) one-year postsurgery (n = 11), indicating a 0.11 (0.09-0.14) utility unit increment. EQ-5D showed the similar results. This positive difference can be partially explained by BMI and/or co-morbidities status improvement. This study provides a valuable summary of HSUs to future bariatric surgery-related cost-utility models. However, more well-designed higher-quality bariatric-related HSU studies are expected for future reviews to improve the available evidence. We suggest that researchers select an MAUI that is preferentially sensitive to the study population.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Xia, Q and Campbell, JA and Ahmad, H and Si, L and de Graaff, B and Otahal, P and Palmer, AJ
Keywords: EQ-5D, health state utilities, meta-analysis, multiattribute utility instruments, weight loss surgery
Journal or Publication Title: Obesity Reviews
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
ISSN: 1467-7881
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/obr.13028
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