Is adjustment of national eye institute visual function questionnaire scores for general health necessary in randomized trials?

Päivi H. Miskala, Neil M Bressler, Curtis L Meinert

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Purpose To assess whether treatment comparison of National Eye Institute Visual Function Questionnaire (NEI-VFQ) scores in a clinical trial is influenced by general health to warrant adjusting for it. Design Two randomized pilot trials. Methods Patients enrolled in two randomized pilot trials of submacular surgery versus observation for choroidal neovascularization had quality of life interviews (NEI-VFQ and the Short Form-36 Health Survey) 24 months after enrollment. Information on comorbidities was collected through chart reviews. Data from 120 patients were analyzed using linear regression methods. Results Adjustment for comorbidities did not change the magnitude of the treatment effect on NEI-VFQ scores. However, adjustment for Short Form-36 physical and mental component summaries produced changes in the estimated treatment effect when NEI-VFQ scores were compared. Conclusions Adjustment of NEI-VFQ scores for general health may be advisable. The Short Form-36 summary scores may be appropriate for this purpose.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)961-963
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Ophthalmology
Volume137
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2004

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National Eye Institute (U.S.)
Health
Comorbidity
Choroidal Neovascularization
Health Surveys
Linear Models
Therapeutics
Quality of Life
Observation
Surveys and Questionnaires
Clinical Trials
Interviews

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