Socioeconomic status impacts postoperative productivity loss and health utility changes in refractory chronic rhinosinusitis

Daniel M. Beswick, Jess C. Mace, Zachary M. Soler, Luke Rudmik, Jeremiah A. Alt, Kristine A. Smith, Kara Y. Detwiller, Vijay R. Ramakrishnan, Timothy L. Smith

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Background: Social determinants of health can have a substantial impact on treatment outcomes. Prior study has shown that socioeconomic status influences the likelihood of improvement in quality-of-life (QOL) following endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS). However, the impact of socioeconomic factors on changes in productivity loss and health utility after ESS remains unknown. Methods: Adult patients (≥18 years of age) with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) who underwent ESS were prospectively enrolled into a multi-institutional cohort study. Productivity losses were calculated using the human capital approach and monetized using U.S. government–estimated wage rates. Health utility values (HUVs) were derived from the Medical Outcomes Study Short-Form-12 survey using University of Sheffield algorithms. Independent socioeconomic factors of interest included: age, gender, ethnicity, insurance status, educational attainment, and household income categorized via the Thompson-Hickey model. Results: A total of 229 patients met inclusion criteria, and 163 (71%) provided postoperative follow-up. All subjects reported significant, within-subject improvement in both mean monetized productivity loss (p < 0.001) and HUV postoperatively (p < 0.001). Using paired sample statistics, patients with lowest income (≤$25,000/year) and with Medicare insurance did not report significant improvement in productivity loss (p ≥ 0.112) or HUV (p ≥ 0.081), although sample size limitations may have contributed to this finding. Patients in higher income tiers ($25,001 to $100,000/year and $100,001+/year) and those with employer-provided/private health insurance reported significant postoperative improvements in productivity loss and HUV (all p ≤ 0.003). Conclusion: Socioeconomic factors, including income and insurance provision, may impact improvements in productivity loss and HUV following ESS. Further research to validate these findings, ascertain mechanisms behind these results, and improve these outcomes is warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1000-1009
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Forum of Allergy and Rhinology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2019


  • chronic disease
  • endoscopic sinus surgery
  • evidence-based medicine
  • outcome assessment (health care)
  • patient reported outcome measure
  • quality of life
  • sinusitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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