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Publisher: BioMed Central
Journal: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
Languages: English
Types: Article
Subjects: /dk/atira/pure/publication/pubmedpublicationtype/D016448, /dk/atira/pure/publication/pubmedpublicationtype/D016449, /dk/atira/pure/publication/pubmedpublicationtype/D016428, Journal Article, Multicenter Study, /dk/atira/pure/publication/pubmedpublicationtype/D013485, Short Report, Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't, Randomized Controlled Trial, R1
BACKGROUND: The ICECAP measures potentially offer a broader assessment of quality of life and well-being, in comparison to measures routinely used in economic evaluation, such as the EQ-5D-3 L. This broader assessment may allow measurement of the full effects of an intervention or treatment. Previous research has indicated that the ICECAP-O (for older people) and EQ-5D-3 L measure provide complementary information. This paper aims to determine similar information for the ICECAP-A (for the entire adult population) in terms of whether the measure is a substitute or complement to the EQ-5D-3 L. METHODS: Data from the BEEP trial - a multi-centre, pragmatic, randomised controlled trial - were used. Spearman rank correlations and exploratory factor analytic methods were used to assess whether ICECAP-A and EQ-5D-3 L are measuring the same, or different, constructs. RESULTS: A correlation of 0.49 (p < 0.01) was found between the ICECAP-A tariff score and the EQ-5D-3 L index. Using the pooled items of the EQ-5D-3 L and the ICECAP-A a two factor solution was optimal, with the majority of EQ-5D-3 L items loading onto one factor and the majority of ICECAP-A items onto another. CONCLUSION: The results presented in this paper indicate that ICECAP-A and EQ-5D-3 L are measuring two different constructs and provide largely different, complementary information. Results showed a similarity to results presented by Davis et al. using the ICECAP-O. TRIAL REGISTRATION: ISRCTN 93634563.

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