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Probabilistic cost-effectiveness analysis of cascade screening for familial hypercholesterolaemia using alternative diagnostic and identification strategies.

Nherera, L; Marks, D; Minhas, R; Thorogood, M; Humphries, SE; (2011) Probabilistic cost-effectiveness analysis of cascade screening for familial hypercholesterolaemia using alternative diagnostic and identification strategies. Heart , 97 (14) pp. 1175-1181. 10.1136/hrt.2010.213975.

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To estimate the probabilistic cost-effectiveness of cascade screening methods in familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH) from the UK NHS perspective. DESIGN: Economic evaluation (cost utility analysis) comparing four cascade screening strategies for FH: Using low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol measurements to diagnose affected relatives (cholesterol method); cascading only in patients with a causative mutation identified and using DNA tests to diagnose relatives (DNA method); DNA testing combined with LDL-cholesterol testing in families with no mutation identified, only in patients with clinically defined 'definite' FH (DNA+DFH method); DNA testing combined with LDL-cholesterol testing in no-mutation families of both 'definite' and 'probable' FH patients (DNA+DFH+PFH). A probabilistic model was constructed to estimate the treatment benefit from statins, with all diagnosed individuals receiving high-intensity statin treatment. POPULATION: A cohort of 1000 people suspected of having FH aged 50 years for index cases and 30 years for relatives, followed for a lifetime. MAIN OUTCOMES: Costs, quality-adjusted life-years (QALY) and incremental cost-effectiveness ratios (ICER). RESULTS: The DNA+DFH+PFH method was the most cost-effective cascade screening strategy. The ICER was estimated at £3666/QALY. Using this strategy, of the tested relatives 30.6% will be true positives, 6.3% false positives, 61.9% true negatives and 1.1% false negatives. Probabilistic sensitivity analysis showed that this approach is 100% cost-effective using the conventional benchmark for cost-effective treatments in the NHS of between £20,000 and £30,000 per QALY gained. CONCLUSION: Cascade testing of relatives of patients with DFH and PFH is cost-effective when using a combination of DNA testing for known family mutations and LDL-cholesterol levels in the remaining families. The approach is more cost-effective than current primary prevention screening strategies.

Type: Article
Title: Probabilistic cost-effectiveness analysis of cascade screening for familial hypercholesterolaemia using alternative diagnostic and identification strategies.
Location: England
DOI: 10.1136/hrt.2010.213975
Keywords: Adult, Biomarkers, Cardiovascular Diseases, Cholesterol, LDL, Cost-Benefit Analysis, Drug Costs, False Negative Reactions, False Positive Reactions, Genetic Predisposition to Disease, Genetic Testing, Great Britain, Health Care Costs, Heredity, Humans, Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors, Hyperlipoproteinemia Type II, Markov Chains, Mass Screening, Middle Aged, Models, Economic, Mutation, Pedigree, Predictive Value of Tests, Probability, Prognosis, Quality-Adjusted Life Years, State Medicine, Time Factors
UCL classification: UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular Science
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1315065
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