Patient-reported outcomes 12 months after hepatitis C treatment with direct-acting antivirals: Results from the PROP UP study

Liver Int. 2021 Apr;41(4):692-704. doi: 10.1111/liv.14781. Epub 2021 Jan 22.


Background & aims: The long-term impact of hepatitis C virus (HCV) therapy with all-oral direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) on patient-reported outcomes (PROs) has not been well-described. We characterized changes in PROs from pre-treatment to 12 months post-treatment in a real-world cohort.

Methods: PROP UP was a multi-centre observational cohort study of 1601 patients treated with DAAs at 11 US gastroenterology/hepatology practices from 2015 to 2017. PROs were evaluated pre-treatment (T1) and 12 months post-treatment (T5). A minimally important change (MIC) threshold was prespecified as >5% change in PRO scores from T1 to T5. Multivariable analyses identified predictors of change.

Results: Three-quarters of patients were 55 or older; 45% were female, 60% were white, 33% were black, nearly half had cirrhosis. The most commonly-prescribed DAA regimens were sofosbuvir-based (83%) and grazoprevir/elbasvir (11%). Study retention was >95%. On average, small improvements were observed at 3 months post-treatment in all PROs and sustained at 12 months post-treatment among patients with sustained virologic response (SVR). Clinically meaningful improvements were achieved in fatigue (mean change score: -3.7 [-4.2, -3.1]), sleep (mean change score: -3.1 [-3.7, -2.5]), abdominal pain (mean change score: -2.6 [-3.3, -1.9]) and functional well-being (mean change score: -7.0 [-6.0, -8.0]). Symptom improvements were generally not sustained with no SVR (n = 52). Patients with cirrhosis and MELD ≥12 had the greatest improvements in functional well-being (-12.9 [-17.6, -8.1]).

Conclusions: The improvements in patient-reported outcomes reported by patients who achieved SVR following HCV DAA therapy were durable at 12 months post-treatment.

Trial registration: NCT02601820.

Keywords: health-related quality of life; prospective cohort; symptoms; treatment; viral hepatitis.

Publication types

  • Observational Study
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Antiviral Agents / therapeutic use
  • Drug Therapy, Combination
  • Female
  • Hepacivirus / genetics
  • Hepatitis C* / drug therapy
  • Hepatitis C, Chronic* / drug therapy
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Patient Reported Outcome Measures
  • Sustained Virologic Response
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Antiviral Agents

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