Treatment preference amongst people with cystic fibrosis: the importance of reducing treatment burden

Cameron, Rory A., Office, Daniel, Matthews, Jessie, Rowley, Mark, Abbott, Janice, Simmonds, Nicholas J., Whitty, Jennifer A. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5886-1933 and Carr, Siobhán B. (2022) Treatment preference amongst people with cystic fibrosis: the importance of reducing treatment burden. Chest. ISSN 0012-3692

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Abstract

BACKGROUND There is a growing consensus that the perspective of the patient should be considered in the evaluation of novel interventions. RESEARCH QUESTION What treatment outcomes matter to people with cystic fibrosis (CF), and what trade-offs would they make to realise these outcomes? STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS Adults attending a specialist CF centre were invited to complete an online discrete choice experiment (DCE). The DCE required participants to evaluate hypothetical CF treatment profiles, defined by impact on lung function, pulmonary exacerbations, abdominal symptoms, life expectancy, quality of life, inhaled medicines usage, and physiotherapy requirement. Choice data were analysed using multinomial logit and latent class models. RESULTS 103 people with CF completed the survey (median age 35 years (range 18-76); 52% female; mean ppFEV1 69% (SD 22)). On average, an improvement in life expectancy by 10 years or more had the greatest impact on treatment preference, followed by a 15% increase in lung function. However, it was shown that people would trade substantial reductions in these key outcomes to reduce treatment time or burden. Preference profiles were not uniform across the sample: three distinct subgroups were identified, each placing markedly different importance on the relative importance of both life expectancy and lung function compared to other attributes. INTERPRETATION The relative importance of treatment burden to people with CF, compared to life expectancy and lung function suggests it should be routinely captured in clinical trials as an important secondary outcome measure. When considering the patient perspective, it is important that decision makers recognise that the values of people with CF are not homogenous.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: sdg 3 - good health and well-being ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/good_health_and_well_being
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2022 10:32
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2022 00:24
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/86783
DOI: 10.1016/j.chest.2022.07.008

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