Systematic Review of Cost-Utility Analyses That Have Included Carer and Family Member Health-Related Quality of Life.

SCOPE, Alison, BHADHURI, Arjun and PENNINGTON, Becky (2022). Systematic Review of Cost-Utility Analyses That Have Included Carer and Family Member Health-Related Quality of Life. Value in Health, 25 (9), 1644-1653.

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OBJECTIVES: Health interventions for patients can also affect the health of their informal carers and family members. These changes in carer or family member health could be reflected in cost-utility analyses (CUAs) through the inclusion of their quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs). We conducted a systematic review to identify and describe all CUAs that have included family member health-related QALYs. METHODS: A total of 4 bibliographic databases were searched from inception to July 2021. A 2-stage sifting process for inclusion of studies was undertaken. We performed data extraction using a standardized data extraction form and performed a narrative synthesis of the evidence. RESULTS: A total of 40 CUAs published between 1999 and 2021 were identified. CUAs were conducted in 15 different countries. CUAs examined 13 different conditions including 15 CUAs on vaccination, 5 on Alzheimer's disease, 2 on Parkinson's disease, 3 on dementia, and 2 on terminal illness. The EQ-5D was the most commonly used measure of family member health. Generally, including carer QALYs resulted in lower incremental cost-effectiveness ratios. CONCLUSIONS: When considering the total number of economic evaluations published, few have included family member QALYs and the methods for doing so are often inconsistent and data sources often limited. Estimation of family member QALYs in patient CUAs was regularly uncertain and often substantial in magnitude. The findings highlight the variation among methods and call for greater consistency in methods for incorporating family member QALYs in patient CUAs.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: carer quality of life; 1117 Public Health and Health Services; 1402 Applied Economics; Health Policy & Services
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Page Range: 1644-1653
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2022 12:51
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2023 12:15

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