Economic evaluation of a phase III international randomised controlled trial of very early mobilisation after stroke (AVERT)

Gao, L., Sheppard, L., Wu, O. , Churilov, L., Mohebbi, M., Collier, J., Bernhardt, J., Ellery, F., Dewey, H. and Moodie, M. (2019) Economic evaluation of a phase III international randomised controlled trial of very early mobilisation after stroke (AVERT). BMJ Open, 9(5), e026230. (doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-026230) (PMID:31118178) (PMCID:PMC6537993)

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While very early mobilisation (VEM) intervention for stroke patients was shown not to be effective at 3 months, 12 month clinical and economical outcomes remain unknown. The aim was to assess cost-effectiveness of a VEM intervention within a phase III randomised controlled trial (RCT). An economic evaluation alongside a RCT, and detailed resource use and cost analysis over 12 months post-acute stroke. Multi-country RCT involved 58 stroke centres. 2104 patients with acute stroke who were admitted to a stroke unit. A very early rehabilitation intervention within 24 hours of stroke onset METHODS: Cost-utility analyses were undertaken according to pre-specified protocol measuring VEM against usual care (UC) based on 12 month outcomes. The analysis was conducted using both health sector and societal perspectives. Unit costs were sourced from participating countries. Details on resource use (both health and non-health) were sourced from cost case report form. Dichotomised modified Rankin Scale (mRS) scores (0 to 2 vs 3 to 6) and quality adjusted-life years (QALYs) were used to compare the treatment effect of VEM and UC. The base case analysis was performed on an intention-to-treat basis and 95% CI for cost and QALYs were estimated by bootstrapping. Sensitivity analysis were conducted to examine the robustness of base case results. VEM and UC groups were comparable in the quantity of resource use and cost of each component. There were no differences in the probability of achieving a favourable mRS outcome (0.030, 95% CI -0.022 to 0.082), QALYs (0.013, 95% CI -0.041 to 0.016) and cost (AUD1082, 95% CI -$2520 to $4685 from a health sector perspective or AUD102, 95% CI -$6907 to $7111, from a societal perspective including productivity cost). Sensitivity analysis achieved results with mostly overlapped CIs. VEM and UC were associated with comparable costs, mRS outcome and QALY gains at 12 months. Compared with to UC, VEM is unlikely to be cost-effective. The long-term data collection during the trial also informed resource use and cost of care post-acute stroke across five participating countries. ACTRN12606000185561; Results. [Abstract copyright: © Author(s) (or their employer(s)) 2019. Re-use permitted under CC BY-NC. No commercial re-use. See rights and permissions. Published by BMJ.]

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Additional Information:The AVERT Trial Collaboration Group. Funding: The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article: The economic evaluation component of the AVERT study was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia (grant numbers 386201 and 1041401). Additional funding was received from Singapore Health (SHF/ FG401P/2008), Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland (Res08/A114), Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke and the Stroke Association UK (TSA2009/09). NHMRC fellowship funding was provided to HD (336102) and JB (1058635). JB was also supported by an Australia Research Council Future Fellowship (IFT0991086) and the National Heart Foundation. The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health acknowledges the support received from the Victorian Government via the Operational Infrastructure Support Scheme.
Keywords:avert, cost-effectiveness analysis, cost-utility analysis, economic evaluation, rehabilitation, stroke.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wu, Professor Olivia
Authors: Gao, L., Sheppard, L., Wu, O., Churilov, L., Mohebbi, M., Collier, J., Bernhardt, J., Ellery, F., Dewey, H., and Moodie, M.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment
Journal Name:BMJ Open
Publisher:BMJ Publishing Group
ISSN (Online):2044-6055
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Authors
First Published:First published in BMJ Open 9(5):e026230
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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