Measuring patient benefit from otorhinolaryngological surgery and therapy

Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 1996 Jun;105(6):415-22. doi: 10.1177/000348949610500601.


The Glasgow Benefit Inventory (GBI) is a measure of patient benefit developed especially for otorhinolaryngological (ORL) interventions. Patient benefit is the change in health status resulting from health care intervention. The GBI was developed to be patient-oriented, to be maximally sensitive to ORL interventions, and to provide a common metric to compare benefit across different interventions. The GBI is an 18-item, postintervention questionnaire intended to be given to patients to fill in at home or in the outpatient clinic. In the first part of the paper, five different ORL interventions were retrospectively studied: middle ear surgery to improve hearing, provision of a cochlear implant, middle ear surgery to eradicate ear activity, rhinoplasty, and tonsillectomy. A criterion that was specific to the intervention was selected for each study, so that the patient outcome could be classified as above and below criterion. In all five interventions, the GBI was found to discriminate between above- and below-criterion outcomes. The second part of the paper reports on the results and implications of a factor analysis of patient responses. The factor structure was robust across the study, and so led to the construction of subscales. These subscales yield a profile score that provides information on the different types of patient benefit resulting from ORL interventions. The GBI is sensitive to the different ORL interventions, yet is sufficiently general to enable comparison between each pair of interventions. It provides a profile score, which enables further breakdown of results. As it provides a patient-oriented common metric, it is anticipated that the GBI will assist audit, research, and health policy planning.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude to Health
  • Cochlear Implants
  • Ear, Middle / surgery
  • Factor Analysis, Statistical
  • Female
  • Health Planning
  • Health Policy
  • Health Status Indicators
  • Health Status*
  • Hearing Disorders / surgery
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Medical Audit
  • Middle Aged
  • Otolaryngology / standards
  • Otolaryngology / statistics & numerical data
  • Otorhinolaryngologic Diseases / psychology
  • Otorhinolaryngologic Diseases / surgery*
  • Otorhinolaryngologic Diseases / therapy
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care*
  • Quality of Life
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Surveys and Questionnaires*