Health utilities in burn injury survivors : a systematic review

Authors: Synodinou, Dafni; Savoie-White, Félix H.; Sangone, Alassane; Chang, Sue-LingBeaudoin-Cloutier, ChanelBergeron, FrédéricGuertin, Jason Robert
Abstract: Background An estimated 11 million burn injuries with medical attention occur every year worldwide. Although potentially deadly, burn injuries are now considered a chronic disease with multiple lifetime physical and psychological sequelae. However, it remains unclear how these events affect patients’ utility scores. We aimed to conduct a systematic review to summarize the utility scores of burn injury survivors. Methods We conducted on March 18th, 2020 a systematic review of the published literature using a search strategy designed in collaboration with a research librarian. Our search strategy aimed to identify studies that provided burn injury survivors’ utility scores via a standardized indirect instrument. Results We identified 15 studies that reported burn injury survivors’ utility scores. Most studies used the EQ-5D instruments to assess patients’ utility scores. Results varied substantially between studies, ranging from a low of 0.06 to a high of 0.972. Our review identified two key trends. First, utility scores seem to be negatively correlated with the severity of the burn injury. Second, utility scores in adults tend to increase in function of the time since injury. Conclusion Unfortunately, due to differences in study design and settings, patient populations and instruments used to assess patients’ utility scores, we were unable to combine all study results into a single value. In spite of this limit, results we identified support previous trends identified by others regarding the relationship between utility scores and the burn injury severity and/or the time since injury.
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 17 September 2021
Open Access Date: 17 September 2022
Document version: AM
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This document was published in: Burns, Vol. 48 (1), 13-22 (2022)
Science Direct
Alternative version: 10.1016/j.burns.2021.09.003
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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