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Online ISSN: 1099-176X    Print ISSN: 1091-4358
The Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics
Volume 19, Issue 2, 2016. Pages: 79-89
Published Online: 1 June 2016

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Mapping the Beck Depression Inventory to the EQ-5D-3L in Patients with Depressive Disorders

Thomas Grochtdreis,1* Christian Brettschneider,2 Andr‚ Hajek,3 Katharina Schierz,4 Jürgen Hoyer,5 Hans-Helmut König6

1MSc, Research Associate, Department of Health Economics and Health Services Research, Hamburg Center for Health Economics, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf Hamburg, Germany
2PhD, Dipl Ges-Ök, Research Associate, Department of Health Economics and Health Services Research, Hamburg Center for Health Economics, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany
3PhD, MA, Research Associate, Department of Health Economics and Health Services Research, Hamburg Center for Health Economics, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany
4Dipl Psych, Research Associate, Institute of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, TU Dresden, Dresden, Germany
5PhD, Dipl Psych, Professor for behavioral psychotherapy, Institute of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, TU Dresden, Dresden, Germany
6MD, MPH, Professor for health services research and health economics, Director of Department of Health Economics and Health Services Research, Hamburg Center for Health Economics, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany

* Correspondence to: Thomas Grochtdreis, MSc, Research Associate, Department of Health Economics and Health Services Research, Hamburg Center for Health Economics, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Martinistr. 52, 20246 Hamburg, Germany.
Tel.: +49-40-7410 52405
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E-Mail: t.grochtdreis@uke.de

Source of Funding: This study was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (grant numbers: 01KQ1002B and 01GY1142) within the projects ‘psychenet: Hamburg Network for Mental Healthʼ and ʽGermanIMPACTʼ

Abstract

For cost-utility analyses, data on health state utilities, as provided by the EQ-5D-3L, is needed but not always available. This study specified a mapping algorithm from the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) index to the EQ-5D-3L index adjusted for specific socio-demographic variables for patients with depressive disorders. For the prediction of the EQ-5D-3L index from the BDI index ordinary least squares regression was used. Model prediction properties were tested using the root mean squared error and repeated random sub-sampling cross-validation. The BDI index predicted the EQ-5D-3L index with a significant proportion of variance explained. The specified mapping algorithms from the BDI index to the EQ-5D-3L index for patients with depressive disorders are acceptable as approximation in cost-utility analyses.

 

Background: For cost-utility analyses, data on health state utilities, as provided by the EQ-5D-3L, is needed but not always available. This study specified mapping algorithms from the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) index to the EQ-5D-3L index adjusted for specific socio-demographic variables for patients with depressive disorders.

Aims of the Study: The objective of this study was to specify mapping algorithms from the BDI index to the preference-based EQ-5D index for patients with depressive disorders, adjusting for specific socio-demographic variables.

Methods: A sample of 1,074 consecutive patients with depressive disorders from a psychotherapeutic outpatient clinic was included in the study. Standardized clinical interviews were applied to establish reliable diagnoses. For the prediction of the EQ-5D-3L index from the BDI index and selected patient socio-demographic characteristics, ordinary least squares regression with robust standard errors was used. Model prediction properties were tested using the root mean squared error and repeated random sub-sampling cross-validation.

Results: The BDI index predicted the EQ-5D-3L index with a significant proportion of variance explained. The highest model goodness of fit was estimated for models with the BDI index and age as independent variables. The root mean squared error of the predicted EQ-5D-3L index in the validation samples was 0.23 for all models.

Discussion: The mean observed EQ-5D-3L index values and the mean predicted EQ-5D-3L index values seemed not to differ between models. However, a reduction of variability using cross-validation led to those (rather) accurate mean predicted values. One limitation of this study was the restricted generalizability. Moreover, some uncertainty was introduced in model predictive performance by usage of a dependent estimation sample for validation.

Implications for Further Research: The specified mapping algorithms from the BDI index to the EQ-5D-3L index for patients with depressive disorders are acceptable as approximation in cost-utility analyses. A further validation in independent samples is necessary to obtain more confidence in their performance.

Received 13 November 2015; accepted 14 April 2016

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