Patient-reported outcome measures in patients with Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (HTAI 12th Annual Meeting 15-17 June 2015)

Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a swelling of the aorta within the abdomen. AAA is usually asymptomatic; however, if it becomes large, some people may develop pain or a pulsating feeling in their abdomen or persistent back pain. Generic, disease-specific and preference-based patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) can be used to assess the quality-of-life (QoL) of patients with AAA (including those under surveillance or undergoing endovascular or open surgery) in a clinical setting. However, these tools vary in terms of their reliability, validity and suitability for measuring the QoL of patients.

The aim of this review was to identify and summarise PROMs that have been administered to patients with AAA with a view to generating a library of utility values.