Converting EORTC QLQ-C30 scores to utility scores in the brigatinib ALTA study

J Med Econ. 2019 Sep;22(9):924-935. doi: 10.1080/13696998.2019.1624080. Epub 2019 Jun 25.

Abstract

Aims: Health utilities summarize a patient's overall health status. This study estimated utilities based on the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire Core-30 (QLQ-C30), a widely used measure of health-related quality-of-life (HRQoL) in oncology, using published mapping algorithms. Materials and methods: Data were from the Anaplastic Lymphoma Kinase (ALK) in Lung Cancer Trial of brigatinib (ALTA; NCT02094573), an open-label, international, phase 2 study. ALTA evaluated the efficacy and safety of two randomized dosing regimens of brigatinib in patients with locally advanced or metastatic ALK + non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) that had progressed on prior therapy with crizotinib. QLQ-C30 scores were mapped to European Quality-of-Life-5 Dimensions (EQ-5D) utility scores using two published algorithms (Khan et al. for EQ-5D-5L; Longworth et al. for EQ-5D-3L). The impact of brigatinib treatment on health utilities over time was assessed. Results: The analysis included 208 subjects. Mean baseline utility scores for both algorithms ranged between 0.60 - 0.71 and increased to 0.78 by cycle 5. Utility improvements were sustained during most of the treatment, before disease progression. Minor variations were observed between utility scores; Khan et al. estimates were approximately 0.01 or 0.02 points lower than Longworth et al. estimates. Limitations: Algorithms considered were limited to those available in the published literature at the time of the study. This utility analysis was exploratory, and the ALTA trial did not include an internal control group (i.e. standard of care) and was not powered to detect differences in QoL/utility outcomes between treatment arms. Conclusions: Converting QLQ-C30 scores into utilities in trials using established mapping algorithms can improve evaluation of medicines from the patient perspective. Both algorithms suggested that brigatinib improved health utility in crizotinib-refractory ALK + NSCLC patients, and improvements were maintained during most of the treatment. Clinicaltrials.gov identifier: NCT02094573.

Keywords: C02; C18; EQ-5D; HRQoL; QLQ-C30; Utility; mapping; non-small cell lung cancer.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial, Phase II
  • Multicenter Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Algorithms
  • Anaplastic Lymphoma Kinase / antagonists & inhibitors
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung / drug therapy*
  • Female
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Organophosphorus Compounds / administration & dosage
  • Organophosphorus Compounds / adverse effects
  • Organophosphorus Compounds / therapeutic use*
  • Pyrimidines / administration & dosage
  • Pyrimidines / adverse effects
  • Pyrimidines / therapeutic use*
  • Quality of Life*
  • Sex Factors
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires / standards*
  • Young Adult

Substances

  • Organophosphorus Compounds
  • Pyrimidines
  • Anaplastic Lymphoma Kinase
  • brigatinib

Associated data

  • ClinicalTrials.gov/NCT02094573