A systematic review and meta-analysis of utility estimates in melanoma

A. D. Tran, G. Fogarty, A. K. Nowak, D. Espinoza, N. Rowbotham, M. R. Stockler, R. L. Morton

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    Background: Health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in melanoma is affected by cancer stage. Previous studies have reported limited data on utility-based HRQOL. Objectives: To determine pooled estimates of utility-based HRQOL (utilities) for people with American Joint Cancer Committee stage I/II, III or IV melanoma for use in economic evaluations. Methods: We performed a systematic review, meta-analysis and metaregression of utilities for patients with melanoma. HRQOL scores reported with the QLQ-C30, SF-36, SF-12, FACT-G and FACT-M instruments were converted to utilities using published mapping algorithms. Meta-analysis was used to calculate mean utilities. Metaregression was used to examine the effects of baseline patient and study characteristics. Results: We identified 33 studies reporting 213 utilities. From meta-analyses, the mean utility for stage I/II melanoma was 0·97 [95% confidence interval (CI) 0·90-0·98]; for stage III melanoma it was 0·77 (95% CI 0·70-0·83); for stage III/IV 0·76 (95% CI 0·76-0·77); and for stage IV melanoma 0·76 (95% CI 0·71-0·81). The difference in utility between stage III and stage IV was not statistically significant (P = 0·52). For patients with stage I/II, the utility estimate at the time of surgery was 0·77 (95% CI 0·75-0·79), and at 3-12 months postsurgery it was 0·85 (95% CI 0·84-0·86). Utility estimates for patients with stage IV melanoma were 0·65 (95% CI 0·62-0·69) during the first 3 months of treatment and 0·83 (95% CI 0·81-0·86) at 4-12 months on treatment. For patients with stage IV melanoma treated with chemotherapy, the utility estimate was 0·52 (95% CI 0·51-0·52), while for those treated with targeted therapy it was 0·83 (95% CI 0·82-0·85). Conclusions: These robust, evidence-based estimates of health state utility can be used in economic evaluations of new treatments for patients with early-stage or advanced-stage melanoma.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)384-393
    Number of pages10
    JournalBritish Journal of Dermatology
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2018


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