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The health-related utility and health-related quality of life of hospital-treated subjects with type 1 or type 2 diabetes with particular reference to differing severity of peripheral neuropathy

Currie, Craig John, Poole, Christopher David, Woehl, Anette, Morgan, Christopher L., Cawley, S., Rousculp, M. D., Covington, M. T. and Peters, John Redmond 2006. The health-related utility and health-related quality of life of hospital-treated subjects with type 1 or type 2 diabetes with particular reference to differing severity of peripheral neuropathy. Diabetologia 49 (10) , pp. 2272-2280. 10.1007/s00125-006-0380-7

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Abstract

Aims/hypothesis. We characterised symptom severity of diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) in people with diabetes, and correlated this with health-related utility and health-related quality of life. Materials and methods. The study was undertaken in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales. A postal survey was mailed to a random sample of subjects identified as having diabetes. Data were collected on the symptoms of neuropathy using the Neuropathic Total Symptom Score (self-administered) (NTSS-6-6A) and on quality of life using the Quality of Life in Diabetes Neuropathy Instrument (QoL-DN), EueroQoL five dimensions (EQ5D) and Short Form 36 (SF36). Other information, such as demographics and self-reported drug use, was also collected. The anonymised data were linked to routine inpatient and outpatient healthcare data. Results. Responses were received from 1,298 patients. For patients with a clinically confirmed diagnosis of DPN, the mean NTSS-6-SA score was 6.16 vs 3.19 in patients without DPN (p<0.001). Four categories of severity were defined, ranging from none to severe. All quality of life measures showed a deterioration between these groups: the EQ5Dindex fell from an average of 0.81 in those without symptoms to 0.25 in those with severe symptoms, the SF36 general health profile fell from 59.9 to 25.5 (p<0.001) and the QoL-DN increased from 25.8 to 48.1 (p<0.001). Multivariate models also demonstrated that this relationship remained after controlling for other factors. Conclusions/interpretation. This study demonstrated that severity of DPN symptoms was predictive of poor health-related utility and decreased quality of life. Furthermore, it provides detailed utility data for economic evaluation of treatment of typical diabetes-related morbidity states. Reducing DPN morbidity should be a priority.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 0012-186X
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2020 10:10
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/62978

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