Survey of Public Perceptions of Disability Outcomes after Hy
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According to this newer study by Annals of Surgery regarding public perception of the traumatic brain injury (TBI) related disability, some states are regarded as worse than death.

The aim of this study was to determine the health utility states of the most commonly used traumatic brain injury (TBI) clinical trial endpoint, the Extended Glasgow Outcome Scale (GOSE).

This was a cross-sectional web-based online convenience sampling adaptive survey. Using a standard gamble approach, participants evaluated their preferences for GOSE health states 1 year after a hypothetical TBI. The categorical GOSE was studied from vegetative state (GOSE2) to upper good recovery (GOSE8). Median health utility values for different GOSE states after TBI, ranging from −1 (worse than death) to 1 (full health), with 0 as reference (death).

Of 3508 eligible participants, 3235 completed the survey.

--Participants rated lower GOSE states as having lower utility, with some states rated as worse than death, though the relationship was nonlinear and intervals were unequal between health states.

--Over 75% of participants rated a vegetative state (GOSE2, absence of awareness, and bedridden) and about 50% rated lower severe disability (GOSE3, housebound needing all-day assistance) as conditions worse than death.

In the largest investigation of public perceptions about post-TBI disability, researchers demonstrate unequally rated health states, with some states perceived as worse than death.

Source: https://journals.lww.com/annalsofsurgery/Abstract/2021/03000/Worse_Than_Death__Survey_of_Public_Perceptions_of.17.aspx
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