Costs, Quality of Life and Functional Outcomes in Veterans Treated for Multiple Sclerosis With Beta-Interferon l-B (Betaseron)
|Study Design:||Time Perspective: Prospective|
|Official Title:||Costs, Quality of Life and Functional Outcomes in Veterans Treated for Multiple Sclerosis With Beta-Interferon l-B (Betaseron)|
|Study Completion Date:||June 2000|
The treatment of multiple sclerosis was evolving in light of specific drug therapies to treat the disease, refinements and acceptance of imaging with MRI to diagnose and monitor the disease process, and progress in understanding the pathogenesis of the inflammatory demyelinating process. The result was to raise new issues in the treatment of the disease, which are then being addressed by studies, including when to initiate treatment and the treatment of partial responders to existing therapies. Paralleling strides in treatment, and of particular importance to the Veterans Administration, was the effectiveness of such therapies, both in terms of cost to the VA Health Care System and quality of life of veterans with multiple sclerosis. This study addressed these issues.
To consider how then currently used drug therapies for MS in veterans, e.g., Interferon beta-1b, interferon beta-1a and glatiramer acetate impact health related quality of life (HRQoL), physical function and disability and use of health care resources within the VA. Comparisons with other groups of veterans with specific chronic medical conditions will be made in order to develop a model of health care utilization based on indices derived from disability and impairment evaluations and HRQoL instruments.
One hundred and twenty four veterans with a clinically definite multiple sclerosis at more than 30 VAMCs participated in this observational, prospective study. Prior to starting interferon beta-1b [IFNB-1b: Betaseron (tm)], interferon beta-1a [IFNB-1a: Avonex (tm)] or glatiramer acetate [Copaxone (tm)] baseline assessments were obtained: disability and impairment using the Kurtzke Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) and Functional Scales (FS), and health related quality of life (HRQoL) using a veterans-modified version of the Short Quality of Life scale (SF-36V). Follow-up evaluations were performed at three months and every six months thereafter for three years. Veterans were monitored in terms of changes in their condition, side effects from drugs, and changes in therapies. Health utilization data obtained includes clinic stops, inpatient hospitalizations, cost of medications and supplies, training, referrals for prosthetics, rehabilitative therapies and long term care.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00439257
|United States, Connecticut|
|VA Connecticut Healthcare System West Haven Campus, West Haven, CT|
|West Haven, Connecticut, United States, 06516|
|Principal Investigator:||Joseph B. Guarnaccia, MD||VA Connecticut Healthcare System West Haven Campus, West Haven, CT|
|Principal Investigator:||Robert M. Baumhefner, MD||VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, West Los Angeles, CA|