The cost-effectiveness of different approaches to exercise and corticosteroid injection for subacromial pain (impingement) syndrome

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Authors

  • Martyn Lewis
  • Edward Roddy
  • Reuben Ogollah
  • Irena Zwierska
  • Praveen Datta
  • Alison Hall
  • Elaine Hay
  • Julie Shufflebotham
  • Kay Stevenson
  • Danielle A. van der Windt
  • Julie Young
  • Nadine Foster

Colleges, School and Institutes

External organisations

  • Keele University

Abstract

Objectives
To determine whether physiotherapist-led exercise intervention and US-guided subacromial CS injection is cost-effective when compared with standard advice and exercise leaflet and unguided injection in patients with subacromial pain (impingement) syndrome.

Methods
An incremental cost–utility analysis using patient responses to the five-level EuroQoL-5D (EQ-5D-5L) questionnaire was undertaken from a healthcare perspective alongside a 2 × 2 factorial randomized trial with 256 participants over a 12-month follow-up period. Uncertainty was explored through the use of cost-effectiveness acceptability curves.

Results
The cost–utility analysis indicated that physiotherapist-led exercise was associated with an incremental cost of £155.99 (95% CI 69.02, 241.93) and 0.031 (95% CI −0.01, 0.07) additional quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs), an incremental cost-effectiveness ratio (ICER) of £5031 per QALY gained and an 85% chance of being cost-effective at a threshold of £20 000 per QALY gained compared with the advice and exercise leaflet. US-guided injection was associated with an incremental cost of £15.89 (95% CI −59.36, 109.86) and 0.024 (95% CI −0.02, 0.07) additional QALYs, an ICER of £662 per QALY gained and a 83% chance of being cost-effective at a threshold of £20 000 per QALY gained compared with unguided injection.

Conclusion
Physiotherapist-led exercise was cost-effective compared with the advice and exercise leaflet, and US-guided injection was cost-effective when compared with unguided injection.

Clinical trial registration
ISRCTN, http://www.isrctn.com, ISRCTN42399123

Details

Original languageEnglish
Article numberkeaa903
JournalRheumatology
Early online date7 Jan 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 7 Jan 2021