Prediction model study focusing on eHealth in the management of urinary incontinence: The Personalised Advantage Index as a decision-making aid

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Objective: To develop a prediction model and illustrate the practical potential of personalisation of treatment decisions between app-based treatment and care as usual for urinary incontinence (UI).

Design: A prediction model study using data from a pragmatic, randomised controlled, non-inferiority trial.

Setting: Dutch primary care from 2015, with social media included from 2017. Enrolment ended on July 2018.

Participants: Adult women were eligible if they had ≥2 episodes of UI per week, access to mobile apps and wanted treatment. Of the 350 screened women, 262 were eligible and randomised to app-based treatment or care as usual; 195 (74%) attended follow-up.

Predictors: Literature review and expert opinion identified 13 candidate predictors, categorised into two groups: Prognostic factors (independent of treatment type), such as UI severity, postmenopausal state, vaginal births, general physical health status, pelvic floor muscle function and body mass index; and modifiers (dependent on treatment type), such as age, UI type and duration, impact on quality of life, previous physical therapy, recruitment method and educational level.

Main outcome measure: Primary outcome was symptom severity after a 4-month follow-up period, measured by the International Consultation on Incontinence Questionnaire the Urinary Incontinence Short Form. Prognostic factors and modifiers were combined into a final prediction model. For each participant, we then predicted treatment outcomes and calculated a Personalised Advantage Index (PAI).

Results: Baseline UI severity (prognostic) and age, educational level and impact on quality of life (modifiers) independently affected treatment effect of eHealth. The mean PAI was 0.99±0.79 points, being of clinical relevance in 21% of individuals. Applying the PAI also significantly improved treatment outcomes at the group level.

Conclusions: Personalising treatment choice can support treatment decision making between eHealth and care as usual through the practical application of prediction modelling. Concerning eHealth for UI, this could facilitate the choice between app-based treatment and care as usual.

Trial registration number: NL4948t.

Originele taal-2English
Aantal pagina's15
TijdschriftBMJ Open
Nummer van het tijdschrift7
StatusPublished - 25-jul.-2022

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