Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance,
Stockholm School of Economics

No 398: Costs and Quality of Life in Multiple Sclerosis. A Cross-Sectional Observational Study in the UK

Gisela Kobelt , Peter Lindgren (), David Parkin (), David A. Francis (), Michael Johnson (), David Bates () and Bengt Jönsson ()
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Gisela Kobelt: Health Dynamics International Ltd., Postal: High Wycombe, United Kingdom
Peter Lindgren: Stockholm Health Economics Consulting AB, Postal: Stockholm, Sweden
David Parkin: Department of Economics, City University, Postal: London, United Kingdom
David A. Francis: Neurosciences Center, University Hospital Birmingham, Postal: Birmingham, United Kingdom
Michael Johnson: Department of Neurology, St Jame´s University Hospital, Postal: Leeds, United Kingdom
David Bates: Department of Neurology, Royal VIctoria Infirmary, Postal: Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Bengt Jönsson: Dept. of Economics, Stockholm School of Economics, Postal: Stockholm School of Economics, P.O. Box 6501, S-113 83 Stockholm, Sweden

Abstract: Abstract: We performed a cross-sectional, "bottom-up" observational study of resource consumption and quality of life of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) in the United Kingdom. Three centers participated in the study. Patients received a questionnaire either by mail or during a clinic visit, and a total of 619 patients returned the questionnaire (the answer rate being around 70%). Patients provided information on all resource consumption, medical and non-medical, work absence and informal care related to their MS. Disease scores (Expanded Disability Status Scale, EDSS) were available for a majority of patients from the study centers, and were assigned using a matrix of disease (mobility) descriptions and EDSS scores. Mean total cost per patient and year was 16’717 £. When this cost is extrapolated to an estimated patient population in the UK of 80’000, total costs to society are estimated at 1.34 billion £. Direct costs represented 28%, informal care accounted for 26% and indirect costs amounted to 46%. Of the direct costs, an estimated £ per patient or % of total costs are paid for by the NHS. Intangible costs were estimated at 5000 £ per patient and year. The mean age of the cohort was 44 years (disease onset 34), the mean utility measured with EQ-5D was 0.487 (0.919 to –0.594), and the mean EDSS score 5.1 (1.0 to 9.5). All costs (direct, informal care, indirect) increased with increasing EDSS scores, while utilities decreased.

Keywords: multiple sclerosis; cost-of-illness; quality of life; EDSS; utility

JEL-codes: D61; H42; H51; H55; I18

35 pages, October 4, 2000

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