Health state descriptions to elicit stroke values: do they reflect patient experience of stroke?

Gray, Joanne, Lie, Mabel, Murtagh, Madeleine, Ford, Gary, McMeekin, Peter and Thomson, Richard G. (2014) Health state descriptions to elicit stroke values: do they reflect patient experience of stroke? BMC Health Services Research, 14 (1). p. 573. ISSN 1472-6963

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Background - To explore whether stroke health state descriptions used in preference elicitation studies reflect patients’ experiences by comparing published descriptions with qualitative studies exploring patients’ lived experience.

Methods - Two literature reviews were conducted: on stroke health state descriptions used in direct preference elicitation studies and the qualitative literature on patients’ stroke experience. Content and comparative thematic analysis was used to identify characteristics of stroke experience in both types of study which were further mapped onto health related quality of life (HRQOL) domains relevant to stroke. Two authors reviewed the coded text, categories and domains.

Results - We included 35 studies: seven direct preference elicitation studies and 28 qualitative studies on patients’ experience. Fifteen coded categories were identified in the published health state descriptions and 29 in the qualitative studies. When mapped onto domains related to HRQOL, qualitative studies included a wider range of categories in every domain that were relevant to the patients’ experience than health state descriptions.

Conclusions - Variation exists in the content of health state descriptions for all levels of stroke severity, most critically with a major disjuncture between the content of descriptions and how stroke is experienced by patients. There is no systematic method for constructing the content/scope of health state descriptions for stroke, and the patient perspective is not incorporated, producing descriptions with major deficits in reflecting the lived experience of stroke, and raising serious questions about the values derived from such descriptions and conclusions based on these values.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cerebrovascular disease/stroke, outcome research, quality of life, preference elicitation, patient experience
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Health, Community and Education Studies > Public Health and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2015 10:42
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2017 05:43

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