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Health-related quality of life of Colles' fracture patients

Dolan, Paul, Torgerson, D. and Kumar Kakarlapudi, T. (1999) Health-related quality of life of Colles' fracture patients. Osteoporosis International, 9 (3). pp. 196-199. ISSN 0937-941X

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s001980050136


Recent guidelines published by the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) make extensive use of quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs). Crucial to these guidelines, therefore, are the assumptions that are made about the health-related quality of life (HRQoL) gained from the avoidance of osteoporotic fractures. This paper reports on a study in which 50 Colles’ fracture patients were asked to describe their health at each visit during treatment using the EuroQol descriptive system and to value their own health using the visual analogue scale (VAS). By applying a set of population-derived valuations to the states reported by the patients, the QALY loss is shown to be about 2%. This is about half of the loss, based upon clinician judgement, that is contained in the NOF guidelines. In addition, the results suggest that it may be possible to use VAS scores to predict treatment requirements, since those patients who require fewer visits have, on average, higher initial VAS scores.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 1999 International Osteoporosis Foundation and National Osteoporosis Foundation
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2011 13:32
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2021 03:24

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