Measuring Patient Quality of Life: Is the Health Utility Index Useful?

Measuring Patient Quality of Life: Is the Health Utility Index Useful? The purpose of this paper is to report Health Utility Index Mark 3 (HUI3) scores, at baseline and at one year, for patients with psychotic disorders. Eighty two randomly selected outpatients from a Montreal teaching hospital completed the HUI3 and other measures of symptoms and side-effects. At baseline, the average Global Utility score was 0.64, which is rated in the “dysfunctional” health status range. Improvements were seen at one year follow-up in the Global, Dexterity, Cognition, and Pain Utility scores. The proportion of individuals rated in the “healthy” health status range improved by 32% from baseline to one year. HUI3 scores were negatively related to measures of psychotic symptoms and side-effects. We propose that the HUI3 should be used to assess health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in patients with psychotic disorders. Scores could be compared with other populations affected with chronic conditions (e.g., Alzheimer dementia, cancer, arthritis, etc.). Psychiatric Quarterly Springer Journals

Measuring Patient Quality of Life: Is the Health Utility Index Useful?

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Medicine & Public Health; Psychiatry; Public Health; Sociology, general
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