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Articles by G. Stucki
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  I. Kirchberger , M. Coenen , F. X. Hierl , C. Dieterle , J. Seissler , G. Stucki and A. Cieza
  Aims  The Comprehensive ICF Core Set for diabetes mellitus (DM) is a specific application of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) of the World Health Organization for clinical and research purposes involving the disorder. It represents the typical spectrum of functional problems in patients with DM. The objective of the study was to validate the Comprehensive ICF Core Set for DM from the perspective of patients. The specific aims were to explore the aspects of function and health important to patients with DM using focus group methodology and to examine to what extent these aspects are represented by the Comprehensive ICF Core Set for DM.

Methods  A qualitative study using focus group methodology was conducted. Sampling of patients followed the maximum variation strategy. Sample size was determined by saturation. The focus group discussions were digitally recorded and transcribed verbatim. The meaning condensation procedure was used for data analysis. The resulting meaningful concepts were linked to ICF categories according to established linking rules.

Results  Forty patients participated in eight focus groups. Seventy-five of the 85 ICF categories contained in the Comprehensive ICF Core Set for DM were identified by the patients. Forty-seven additional categories that are not covered by the Comprehensive ICF Core Set for DM were identified.

Conclusions  The Comprehensive ICF Core Set for DM could be largely confirmed by the focus groups. Categories currently not covered by the Comprehensive ICF Core Set for DM should be investigated further.

  M Brach , C Sabariego , P Herschbach , P Berg , U Engst Hastreiter and G. Stucki

Anxiety disorders are widespread in patients with chronic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA). This paper targets the cost-effectiveness analysis of a cognitive-behavioral group therapy (CBT) in comparison to a client-centered, supportive-experiential group therapy (SET) in arthritis patients with dysfunctional fear of progression.


From the societal perspective, direct costs were compared with the reduction of fear of progression over time. Means, their 95% confidence intervals (95% CI), the incremental cost-effectiveness graphic and the acceptability curve were obtained using 1000 non-parametric bootstrap replications.


A total of 174 RA patients were included in the economic evaluation. The estimated means (95% CI) of direct costs and reduction of fear of progression were, respectively, 7945.34 (5075.59; 11335.08) and 0.25 (–0.48; 0.99) for patients in the SET and 5619.25 (3950.67; 7708.52) and 0.94 (0.29; 1.62) for patients in the CBT. As the majority of the cost-effect pairs after bootstrap analysis were located in the southeast quadrant of the cost-effectiveness plane, the CBT can be considered a dominant intervention.


The main result of our study is the higher cost-effectiveness of CBT in comparison to SET in RA patients with dysfunctional fear of progression.

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