, Volume 22, Issue 7, pp 1697-1706
Date: 26 Oct 2012

Elicitation of health state utilities in soft tissue sarcoma

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Soft tissue sarcomas (STS) are uncommon tumours with varying histological subtypes. There is a paucity of available data concerning the quality-of-life (QoL) impact of STS which could be used to support economic evaluation of future treatments. This study aimed to elicit societal utility values for health states that depict the impact of STS and its treatment.


Following the development of eight health state vignettes, a sample of 100 members of the UK general public participated in a valuation exercise to elicit utility values using the time trade-off procedure.


The treatment response state was valued as the least burdensome by participants followed by the prospect of stable disease (mean utility value: 0.736 SD 0.21). Serious adverse events were associated with a range of disutilities from −0.236 for grade III/IV pain to −0.357 for grade III/IV nausea/vomiting. Progressive disease was deemed the least desirable outcome and was associated with a substantial decline in utility (−0.473).


Findings suggest advanced STS are associated with significant burden for individuals. Treatment-related adverse events were seen as debilitating, however, progression represents an enormous challenge to QoL. This illustrates the significant value to individuals of extending the progression free survival period.