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Perspective on the cost-effectiveness of transapical aortic valve implantation in high-risk patients: outcomes of a decision-analytic model


Gada, H and Agarwal, S and Marwick, TH, Perspective on the cost-effectiveness of transapical aortic valve implantation in high-risk patients: outcomes of a decision-analytic model, Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery, 1, (2) pp. 145-155. ISSN 2225-319X (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.3978/j.issn.2225-319X.2012.06.12


Background: The incremental cost-effectiveness of transapical transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is ill-defined in high-risk patients where aortic valve replacement (AVR) is an option, and has not been ascertained outside a randomized controlled trial.
Methods: We developed a Markov model to examine the progression of patients between health states, defined as peri- and post-procedural, post-complication, and death. The mean and variance of risks, transition probabilities, utilities and cost of transapical TAVI, high-risk AVR, and medical management were derived from analysis of relevant registries. Outcome and cost were derived from 10,000 simulations. Sensitivity analyses further evaluated the impact of mortality, stroke, and other commonly observed outcomes.
Results: In the reference case, both transapical TAVI and high-risk AVR and TAVI were cost-effective when compared to medical management ($44,384/QALY and $42,637/QALY, respectively). Transapical TAVI failed to meet accepted criteria for incremental cost-effectiveness relative to AVR, which was the dominant strategy. In sensitivity analyses, the mortality rates related to the two strategies, the utilities post-AVR and post-transapical TAVI, and the cost of transapical TAVI, were the main drivers of model outcome.
Conclusions: Transapical TAVI did not satisfy current metrics of incremental cost-effectiveness relative to high-risk AVR in the reference case. However, it may provide net health benefits at acceptable cost in selected high-risk patients among whom AVR is the standard intervention.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:aortic valve replacement, transcatheter valve, aortic stenosis, cost-effectiveness
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Cardiovascular medicine and haematology
Research Field:Cardiology (incl. cardiovascular diseases)
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Marwick, TH (Professor Tom Marwick)
ID Code:91494
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2014-05-21
Last Modified:2014-06-23

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