METHOD AND ANALYSIS: A single center, prospective, randomized, parallel design, single-blind trial will be conducted in the Malaysian state of Kelantan among postdialysis euvolemic hypertensive patients that are on regular dialysis at least 3 times a week. The primary outcome of the trial will be to note the effectiveness of losartan (RAAS inhibitor) in reducing systolic BP 140 mm Hg will be randomized using Covariate Adaptive Randomization to standard or treatment arm. Participants in the treatment arm will be given 50 mg of losartan once daily except on dialysis days, whereas the standard arm patients will be prescribed non-RAAS antihypertensive agents. The study participants will be followed for a period of 12 months. A Wilcoxon statistical test will be performed to note the difference in BP from baseline up to 12 months using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) 20.
ETHICAL AND TRIAL REGISTRATION: The study protocols are approved from the Ethical and Research Committee of the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM/JEPeM/15050173). The trial is registered under the Australia New Zealand Clinical Trial Registry (ACTRN12615001322527). The trial was registered on 2/12/2015 and the 1st patient was enrolled on 10/12/2015. The trial was formally initiated on 16/02/2016.
CONCLUSION: Management of HTN among HD patients requires understanding the primary cause of HTN and treating accordingly. The current trial is an attempt to reduce BP among postdialysis euvolemic but hypertensive patients.
METHODS: Cost-effectiveness analysis used decision tree and Markov models to estimate lifetime costs and health benefits from societal perspective, based on a cohort of 509 metabolic syndrome patients in Thailand. Data were obtained from published literatures and Thai database. Results were reported as incremental cost-effectiveness ratios (ICERs) in 2014 US dollars (USD) per quality-adjusted life year (QALY) gained with discount rate of 3%. Sensitivity analyses were performed to assess the influence of parameter uncertainty on the results.
RESULTS: The ICER of ultrasonography screening of 50-year-old metabolic syndrome patients with intensive weight reduction program was 958 USD/QALY gained when compared with no screening. The probability of being cost-effective was 67% using willingness-to-pay threshold in Thailand (4848 USD/QALY gained). Screening before 45 years was cost saving while screening at 45 to 64 years was cost-effective.
CONCLUSIONS: For patients with metabolic syndromes, ultrasonography screening for NAFLD with intensive weight reduction program is a cost-effective program in Thailand. Study can be used as part of evidence-informed decision making.
TRANSLATIONAL IMPACTS: Findings could contribute to changes of NAFLD diagnosis practice in settings where economic evidence is used as part of decision-making process. Furthermore, study design, model structure, and input parameters could also be used for future research addressing similar questions.