Minimal clinically meaningful differences for the EORTC QLQ-C30 and EORTC QLQ-BN20 scales in brain cancer patients.


Journal Article

BACKGROUND: We aimed to determine the smallest changes in health-related quality of life (HRQoL) scores in the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire core 30 and the Brain Cancer Module (QLQ-BN20), which could be considered as clinically meaningful in brain cancer patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: World Health Organisation performance status (PS) and mini-mental state examination (MMSE) were used as clinical anchors appropriate to related subscales to determine the minimal clinically important differences (MCIDs) in HRQoL change scores (range 0-100) in the QLQ-C30 and QLQ-BN20. A threshold of 0.2 standard deviation (SD) (small effect) was used to exclude anchor-based MCID estimates considered too small to inform interpretation. RESULTS: Based on PS, our findings support the following integer estimates of the MCID for improvement and deterioration, respectively: physical (6, 9), role (14, 12), and cognitive functioning (8, 8); global health status (7, 4*), fatigue (12, 9), and motor dysfunction (4*, 5). Anchoring with MMSE, cognitive functioning MCID estimates for improvement and deterioration were (11, 2*) and for communication deficit were (9, 7). Estimates with asterisks were <0.2 SD and were excluded from our MCID range of 5-14. CONCLUSION: These estimates can help clinicians evaluate changes in HRQoL over time, assess the value of a health care intervention and can be useful in determining sample sizes in designing future clinical trials.

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Cited Authors

  • Maringwa, J; Quinten, C; King, M; Ringash, J; Osoba, D; Coens, C; Martinelli, F; Reeve, BB; Gotay, C; Greimel, E; Flechtner, H; Cleeland, CS; Schmucker-Von Koch, J; Weis, J; Van Den Bent, MJ; Stupp, R; Taphoorn, MJ; Bottomley, A; EORTC PROBE Project and Brain Cancer Group,

Published Date

  • September 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 22 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 2107 - 2112

PubMed ID

  • 21324954

Pubmed Central ID

  • 21324954

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1569-8041

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/annonc/mdq726


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England