July 19th, 2015 , J Arthroplasty

Determining Health-Related Quality-of-Life Outcomes Using the SF-6D Preference-Based Measure in Patients Following Total Knee Arthroplasty

The SF-6D, a health-related quality-of-life measure, assigns value to patients’ perception of their health. We determined SF-6D values of 844 TKA patients, deduced clinical relevance of value changes using effect size, and compared these to clinical and functional improvements 6weeks, 3months, and 1 through 5years post-operatively. The SF-6D significantly improved at all follow-ups after 6weeks. The effect size indicated clinical relevance at every follow-up. The KSS improved at all follow-ups (+43, +51, +56, +57, +57 points), and LEAS scores improved at follow-ups after 6weeks (+1 point at 3months, +2 points thereafter), correlating with SF-6D changes. Deducing utility scores facilitates cost analyses, allowing clinicians to deduce quality-adjusted life-years and economic impacts of treatments.

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SF-6D; health-related measure; outcomes; quality of life; total knee arthroplasty