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Cost-effectiveness of Operative versus Nonoperative Treatment of Adult Symptomatic Lumbar Scoliosis an Intent-to-treat Analysis at 5-year Follow-up.
Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 2019; 44(21):1499-1506S

Abstract

STUDY DESIGN

Secondary analysis using data from the NIH-sponsored study on adult symptomatic lumbar scoliosis (ASLS) that included randomized and observational arms.

OBJECTIVE

The aim of this study was to perform an intent-to-treat cost-effectiveness study comparing operative (Op) versus nonoperative (NonOp) care for ASLS.

SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA

The appropriate treatment approach for ASLS continues to be ill-defined. NonOp care has not been shown to improve outcomes. Surgical treatment has been shown to improve outcomes, but is costly with high revision rates.

METHODS

Patients with at least 5-year follow-up data were included. Data collected every 3 months included use of NonOp modalities, medications, and employment status. Costs for index and revision surgeries and NonOp modalities were determined using Medicare Allowable rates. Medication costs were determined using the RedBook and indirect costs were calculated based on reported employment status and income. Qualityadjusted life year (QALY) was determined using the SF6D.

RESULTS

There were 81 of 95 cases in the Op and 81 of 95 in the NonOp group with complete 5-year follow-up data. Not all patients were eligible 5-year follow-up at the time of the analysis. All patients in the Op and 24 (30%) in the NonOp group had surgery by 5 years. At 5 years, the cumulative cost for Op was $96,000 with a QALY gain of 2.44 and for NonOp the cumulative cost was $49,546 with a QALY gain of 0.75 with an incremental cost-effectiveness ratio (ICER) of $27,480 per QALY gain.

CONCLUSION

In an intent-to-treat analysis, neither treatment was dominant, as the greater gains in QALY in the surgery group come at a greater cost. The ICER for Op compared to NonOp treatment was above the threshold generally considered cost-effective in the first 3 years of the study but improved over time and was highly cost-effective at 4 and 5 years.

LEVEL OF EVIDENCE

2.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Norton Leatherman Spine Center, 210 East Gray Street, Suite 900, Louisville, KY.Norton Leatherman Spine Center, 210 East Gray Street, Suite 900, Louisville, KY. University of Louisville School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, 550 S. Jackson St., 1st Floor ACB Louisville, KY.Department of Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, One Medical Center Dr., Lebanon, NH.Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Spine Division, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC.Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO.Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO.Norton Leatherman Spine Center, 210 East Gray Street, Suite 900, Louisville, KY.Norton Leatherman Spine Center, 210 East Gray Street, Suite 900, Louisville, KY. University of Louisville School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, 550 S. Jackson St., 1st Floor ACB Louisville, KY.Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO.Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

31205182

Citation

Carreon, Leah Y., et al. "Cost-effectiveness of Operative Versus Nonoperative Treatment of Adult Symptomatic Lumbar Scoliosis an Intent-to-treat Analysis at 5-year Follow-up." Spine, vol. 44, no. 21, 2019, pp. 1499-1506.
Carreon LY, Glassman SD, Lurie J, et al. Cost-effectiveness of Operative versus Nonoperative Treatment of Adult Symptomatic Lumbar Scoliosis an Intent-to-treat Analysis at 5-year Follow-up. Spine. 2019;44(21):1499-1506.
Carreon, L. Y., Glassman, S. D., Lurie, J., Shaffrey, C. I., Kelly, M. P., Baldus, C. R., ... Bridwell, K. H. (2019). Cost-effectiveness of Operative versus Nonoperative Treatment of Adult Symptomatic Lumbar Scoliosis an Intent-to-treat Analysis at 5-year Follow-up. Spine, 44(21), pp. 1499-1506. doi:10.1097/BRS.0000000000003118.
Carreon LY, et al. Cost-effectiveness of Operative Versus Nonoperative Treatment of Adult Symptomatic Lumbar Scoliosis an Intent-to-treat Analysis at 5-year Follow-up. Spine. 2019 Nov 1;44(21):1499-1506. PubMed PMID: 31205182.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Cost-effectiveness of Operative versus Nonoperative Treatment of Adult Symptomatic Lumbar Scoliosis an Intent-to-treat Analysis at 5-year Follow-up. AU - Carreon,Leah Y, AU - Glassman,Steven D, AU - Lurie,Jon, AU - Shaffrey,Christopher I, AU - Kelly,Michael P, AU - Baldus,Christine R, AU - Bratcher,Kelly R, AU - Crawford,Charles H, AU - Yanik,Elizabeth L, AU - Bridwell,Keith H, PY - 2019/6/18/pubmed PY - 2020/1/16/medline PY - 2019/6/18/entrez SP - 1499 EP - 1506 JF - Spine JO - Spine VL - 44 IS - 21 N2 - STUDY DESIGN: Secondary analysis using data from the NIH-sponsored study on adult symptomatic lumbar scoliosis (ASLS) that included randomized and observational arms. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to perform an intent-to-treat cost-effectiveness study comparing operative (Op) versus nonoperative (NonOp) care for ASLS. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: The appropriate treatment approach for ASLS continues to be ill-defined. NonOp care has not been shown to improve outcomes. Surgical treatment has been shown to improve outcomes, but is costly with high revision rates. METHODS: Patients with at least 5-year follow-up data were included. Data collected every 3 months included use of NonOp modalities, medications, and employment status. Costs for index and revision surgeries and NonOp modalities were determined using Medicare Allowable rates. Medication costs were determined using the RedBook and indirect costs were calculated based on reported employment status and income. Qualityadjusted life year (QALY) was determined using the SF6D. RESULTS: There were 81 of 95 cases in the Op and 81 of 95 in the NonOp group with complete 5-year follow-up data. Not all patients were eligible 5-year follow-up at the time of the analysis. All patients in the Op and 24 (30%) in the NonOp group had surgery by 5 years. At 5 years, the cumulative cost for Op was $96,000 with a QALY gain of 2.44 and for NonOp the cumulative cost was $49,546 with a QALY gain of 0.75 with an incremental cost-effectiveness ratio (ICER) of $27,480 per QALY gain. CONCLUSION: In an intent-to-treat analysis, neither treatment was dominant, as the greater gains in QALY in the surgery group come at a greater cost. The ICER for Op compared to NonOp treatment was above the threshold generally considered cost-effective in the first 3 years of the study but improved over time and was highly cost-effective at 4 and 5 years. LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: 2. SN - 1528-1159 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/31205182/Cost-Effectiveness_of_Operative_vs_Nonoperative_Treatment_of_Adult_Symptomatic_Lumbar_Scoliosis_an_Intent-to-Treat_Analysis_at_Five_Year_Follow-up L2 - http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/BRS.0000000000003118 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -