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David Feeny 2015

David Feeny

David Feeny is a Professor in the Department of Economics and was one of the founding members of CHEPA. He held appointments at McMaster in the Departments of Economics (1976-1998) and Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (1988-1998) before joining the University of Alberta as a Professor of Economics, Public Health Sciences, and Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Fellow of the Institute of Health Economics. In 2006 he became a Senior Investigator and Assistant Program Director at the Center for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Northwest in Portland, Oregon. He returned to McMaster in July, 2014.

Feeny received his PhD in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1976. His research has included the development of multi-attribute health status classification systems and he was among the collaborators who developed the landmark Health Utilities Index Mark 2 (HUI2) system, used to evaluate outcomes resulting from treatments for childhood cancer. A new index based on HUI2, the HUI3, was created for use in the assessment of population health status in many important surveys, including the Ontario Health Survey, the 1994-2011 National Population Health Survey and a number of cycles of the Canadian Community Health Survey. Most recently a comprehensive health status classification system based on HUI2 and HUI3 suitable for assessing the health of pre-school children, the Health Status Classification System - Pre-School, was developed, and work is underway to provide a preference-based scoring system for it.

Feeny has served as an Associate Editor of Quality of Life Research and on several editorial boards including Medical Decision Making and the Canadian Medical Association Journal. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care and Health Reports.

He received the 2010 President’s Award from International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL). Feeny is one of 17 scholars currently updating the influential Panel on Cost-Effectiveness in Health and Medicine book (Gold et al. 1996).


  • the evolution and application of the Health Utilities Index (HUI), a multi-attribute health status classification system
  • the determinants of health at the population level
  • evaluating the effects of the routine use of measures of health-related quality of life in patient management, quality assurance, clinical policy and healthcare delivery systems
  • the evaluation and assessment of health care technologies and services
  • The development and application of measures of health-related quality of life


Hanmer J, Dasha D, Palta M, Kaplan RM, Feeny D, Fryback D. Health Condition Impacts in a Nationally Representative Cross-sectional Survey Vary Substantially by Preference-Based Health Index. Medical Decision Making. 2016. Vol. 36, No. 2, February, 2016, pp 264-274. 

Santana MJ,Haverman L, Alsolom KL, Takeuchi E, Feeny D, Grootenhuis M, Velikova G. Training Clinicians in How to Use Patient Reported Outcome Measures in Routine Clinical Care. Quality of Life Research. July 2015. Vol. 24, No. 7, pp 1707-1718. 

Hanmer J, Feeny D, Fischhoff B, Hays RD, Hess R, Pilkonis P, Revicki D, Roberts M, Tsevat J, Yu L. The PROMIS of QALYs. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes. 2015. Vol. 13, No. 122. 

Santana MJ, Feeny D. Framework to Assess the Effects of Using Patient-Reported Measures in Routine Chronic Care Management. Quality of Life Research. 2014.  Vol. 23, No. 5, pp 1505 - 1513.

Feeny D, Huguet N, McFarland BH, Kaplan MS, Orpana HM, Eckstrom E. Hearing, Mobility, and Pain Predict Mortality: A Longitudinal Population-Based Study. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. July 2012. Vol. 65, No. 7. pp 764-777.

Asakawa K, Senthilselvan A, Feeny D,  Johnson JA, Rolfson D. Trajectories of Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQL) Differ by Age Among Adults: Results from an Eight Year Longitudinal Study. Journal of Health Economics, January, 2012, Vol. 31, No. 1. pp 207-218.

Feeny, D,  Spritzer K, Hays RD, Liu H, Ganiats T, Kaplan RM, Palta M, Fryback DG. Agreement About Identifying Patients Who Change Over Time: Cautionary Results in Cataract and Heart Failure Patients.  Medical Decision Making. March-April, 2012. Vol. 32, No. 2. pp 273-286.

Ross NA, Garner R, Bernier J, Feeny D, Kaplan MS, McFarland BH, Orpana HM, Oderkirk J. Trajectories of Health-Related Quality of Life by Socioeconomic Status in a Nationally Representative Canadian Cohort. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. July, 2012. Vol. 66, No. 7, pp 593-598.

Santana MJ, Feeny D, Johnson JA, McAlister FA, Kim D, Weinkauf J, Lien DC. Assessing the Use of Health-Related Quality-of-Life Measures in the Routine Care of Lung-Transplant Patients. Quality of Life Research. April, 2010. Vol. 19, No. 3.  pp 371-379.

Feeny D, Furlong W, Torrance GW, Goldsmith CH, Zhu A, DePauw S, Denton M, Boyle M. Multi-Attribute and Single-Attribute Utility Functions for the Health Utilities Index Mark 3 System. Medical Care. February, 2002. Vol. 40, No. 2. pp 113-128.

Torrance GW, Feeny D, Furlong W, Barr RD, Zhang Y, Wang Q. Multi-Attribute Preference Functions for A Comprehensive Health Status Classification System:  Health Utilities Index Mark 2. Medical Care. July 1996. Vol. 34, No. 7, pp 702-722.

Guyatt GH, Feeny D, Patrick DL. Measuring Health-Related Quality of Life. Annals of Internal Medicine. April 1993. Vol. 118, No. 8. pp 622-629.



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