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Examining the health-related quality of life using EQ-5D-5L in patients with four kinds of chronic diseases from specialist outpatient clinics in Hong Kong SAR, China

Authors Xu RH, Cheung AWL, Wong ELY

Received 14 June 2017

Accepted for publication 15 August 2017

Published 12 September 2017 Volume 2017:11 Pages 1565—1572


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Johnny Chen

Richard Huan Xu, Annie Wai Ling Cheung, Eliza Lai-Yi Wong

The Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China

Background: Health-related quality of life (HRQoL) measures have been increasingly employed in the evaluation of health utility. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of four different kinds of chronic diseases on the HRQoL of patients from specialist outpatient clinics in Hong Kong (HK) using the 5-level EQ-5D (EQ-5D-5L) value set.
Patients and methods: Patients who attended one of the 26 Hospital Authority’s specialist outpatient clinics and met inclusion criteria were potentially sampled. The value of EQ-5D-5L (HK version) that asks the respondent to describe and rate his or her health status was used as the dependent variable. Four kinds of long-term health conditions and other demographic, socioeconomic, and health service use characteristics have been analyzed as independent variables. Chi-square test, robust one-way ANOVA, and the two-part model have been used to analyze the data.
Results: A total of 7,496 (53.7%) patients reported to have at least one kind of chronic diseases. The mean score for hypertension (mean =0.882, standard error [SE] =0.207) is higher than the others, which followed by cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Patients who were male, young, higher education attainment, and with chronic conditions got a higher EQ-5D score. In the two-part model, all the four long-standing health conditions were statistically significant in logistic model, but the magnitude of coefficients changed significantly in ordinary least squares model.
Conclusion: Chronic diseases have a significant negative impact on patients’ HRQoL, but there might be a varying effect depending on what kind of chronic diseases patients had. Further research is also needed to plan appropriate strategies to improve patient-centered care.

EQ-5D-5L, health-related quality of life, chronic conditions, health surveys, Hong Kong sample

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