Uterine artery embolisation or hysterectomy for the treatment of symptomatic uterine fibroids: a cost-utility analysis of the HOPEFUL study

Wu, O. , Briggs, A.H., Dutton, S., Hirst, A., Maresh, M., Nicholson, A. and McPherson, K. (2007) Uterine artery embolisation or hysterectomy for the treatment of symptomatic uterine fibroids: a cost-utility analysis of the HOPEFUL study. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 114(11), pp. 1352-1362. (doi: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2007.01525.x)

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Abstract

Objectives To evaluate the relative cost-effectiveness of uterine artery embolisation (UAE) and hysterectomy in women with symptomatic uterine fibroids from the perspective of the UK NHS. Design Cost-utility analysis. Setting Eighteen UK NHS hospital trusts. Population or sample Women who underwent UAE (n = 649; average follow up of 8.6 years) or hysterectomy (n = 459; average follow up of 4.6 years) for the treatments of symptomatic fibroids. Methods A probabilistic decision model was carried out based on data from a large comparative cohort and the literature. The two interventions were evaluated over the time horizon from the initial procedure to menopause. Extensive sensitivity analysis was carried out to test model assumptions and parameter uncertainties. Main outcome measures Costs of procedures and complications and quality of life expressed as quality-adjusted life years (QALYs). Results Overall, UAE was associated with lower mean cost (£2536 versus £3282) and a small reduction in quality of life (8.203 versus 8.241 QALYs) when compared with hysterectomy. However, when the quality of life associated with the conservation of the uterus was incorporated in the model, UAE was shown to be the dominant strategy—lower costs and greater QALYs. Conclusions UAE is a less expensive option to the health service compared with hysterectomy, even when the costs of repeat procedures and associated complications are factored in. The quality of life implications in the short term are also predicted to favour UAE; however, this advantage may be eroded over time as women undergo additional procedures to deal with recurrent fibroids. Given the hysterectomy is the current standard treatment for symptomatic fibroids, offering women UAE as an alternative treatment for fibroids is likely to be highly cost-effective for those women who prefer uterus-conserving treatment.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wu, Professor Olivia
Authors: Wu, O., Briggs, A.H., Dutton, S., Hirst, A., Maresh, M., Nicholson, A., and McPherson, K.
Subjects:R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences
Journal Name:BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
ISSN:1470-0328
ISSN (Online):1471-0528
Published Online:17 October 2007
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2007 Blackwell
First Published:First published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 114(11):1352-1362
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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