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Objectives. Cataract is a prevalent and potentially blinding eye condition. Cataract surgery, the only proven treatment for this condition, is a very frequently undertaken procedure. The objective of this analysis was to develop a mapping algorithm that could be used to predict quality of life and capability scores from the Cat-PROM5, a newly developed, validated patient-reported outcome measure for patients undergoing cataract surgery. Methods. We estimated linear models and adjusted limited dependent variable mixture models. Data were taken from the Predict-CAT cohort of up to 1181 patients undergoing cataract surgery at two sites in England. The Cat-PROM5 was mapped to two quality of life measures (EQ-5D-3L and EQ-5D-5L) and one capability measure (ICECAP-O). All patients reported ICECAP-O and one or other of the EQ-5D measures both before and after cataract surgery. Model performance was assessed using likelihood statistics, graphical inspections of model fit, and error measurements. Results. Adjusted limited dependent variable mixture models dominated linear models on all performance criteria. Mixture models offered very good fit. Three component models that allowed component membership to be a function of covariates (age, sex, and diabetic status depending on specification and outcome measure) and which conditioned on covariates offered the best performance in almost all cases. An exception was the EQ-5D-5L post-surgery for which a two-component model was selected. Conclusions. Mapping from Cat-PROM5 to quality of life and capability measures using adjusted limited dependent variable mixture models is feasible, and the estimates can be used to support cost-effectiveness analysis in relation to cataract care. Mixture models performed strongly for both quality of life outcomes and capability outcomes.

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Cat-PROM5 mixture models, EQ-5D, ICECAP, cataract, mapping, quality of life