Quality of life after TIA and stroke

Neurology : October 9, 2013

Ten-year results of the Oxford Vascular Study

Objective: To evaluate the 5-year impact of stroke and TIA on utility and quality-adjusted survival.

Methods: TIA and stroke patients from a UK population-based study (Oxford Vascular Study) were recruited from 2002 to 2007, and followed up until 2012. Quality of life was assessed over 5 years using the EQ-5D (EuroQol-5 Dimensions), with responses converted into utilities ranging from −0.59 (worse than death) to 1 (perfect health), using UK population valuations. Utilities for stroke and TIA patients were compared with those in matched controls obtained from the 2006 Health Survey for England. Five-year quality-adjusted life years were estimated by combining utility and survival information. Read More