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David Feeny 2015

David Feeny

Professor Emeritus, Department of Economics, McMaster University
Founding member, Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis
Professor Emeritus, University of Alberta

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Department of Economics
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McMaster University                                    
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON L8S 4M4

David Feeny is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Economics at McMaster University 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 is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Patient-Reported Outcomes and is on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care and Health Reports. He 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 received the 2010 President’s Award from International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL). Feeny was one of 17 scholars who served on the Second Panel on Cost-Effectiveness in Health and Medicine (Neumann et al. 2017).


  • 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, Cella D, Feeny DH, Fischhoff B, Hays RD, Hess R, Pilkonis P, Revicki D, Roberts M, Tsevat J, Yu L. Selection of key health domains from PROMIS® for a generic preference-based scoring system. Quality of Life Research. December 2017. Vol. 26, No. 12, pp 3377-3385.

Rae C, Furlong W, Feeny DH, Couchman R, Silverman L, Sallan S, Laverdiere C, Clavell L, Michon B, Kelly K, Larsen E, Pullenayegum E, Athlae U, Barr R. Health status and health-related quality of life measurement in pediatric cancer clinical trials: An examination of the DFCI 00-01 acute lymphoblastic leukemia protocol. Journal of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, forthcoming.

Guertin J, Feeny DH, Tarride J-E. Age and gender-specific Canadian utility norms based on the 2013-2014 Canadian Community Health Survey. Canadian Medical Association Journal. February 2018. Vol 190, No.6, 12. pp E155 – E161.

Dickerson JF, Feeny DH, Clarke GN, MacMillan AL, Lynch FL. Evidence on the longitudinal construct validity of major generic and utility measures of health-related quality of life in teens with depression. Quality of Life Research. 2017. November 17. pp 1-8.

Feeny DH, Krahn M, Prosser LA, Salomon JA. “Valuing Health Outcomes,” Chapter 7 in Peter J. Neumann, Gillian D. Sanders, Louise B. Russell, Joanna E. Siegel, and Theodore G. Ganiats, eds., Cost-Effectiveness in Health and Medicine, Second Edition, New York, Oxford University Press. 2017. pp 167-199. Online Appendices for Chapter 7 are available at

Allyson JC, Jhangri G, Feeny DH, Beaupre L. Cognitive status at hospital admission: Post-operative trajectory of functional recovery for hip fracture. Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences. 2017. Vol. 72, No. 1, 01, pp 61-67.

Hays RD, Revicki D, Feeny DH, Fayers P, Spritzer KI, Cella D. Using linear equating to map PROMIS Global Health Items and the PROMIS-29 V2.0 Profile Measure to the Health Utilities Index Mark 3. Pharmacoeconomics. 2016. Vol. 34, No. 10, pp 1015-1022.

Lynch FL, Dickerson JF, Feeny DH, Clarke GN, MacMillan AL. Measuring health-related quality of life in teens with and without depression. Medical Care. 2016. Vol. 54, No. 12. pp 1089-1097.

Hackett C, Feeny DH, Tompa E. Canada’s Residential School system: Measuring the intergenerational impact of familial attendance on health and mental health outcomes. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 2016. Vol. 70, No. 11, pp 1096-1105.

Sanders GD, Neumann PJ, Basu A, Feeny DH, Krahn M, Kuntz KM, Meltzer DO, Owens DK, Prosser LA, Salomon JA, Sculpher MJ, Trikalinos TA, Russell LB, Siegel JE, Ganiats TG. Recommendations for conduct, methodological practices, and reporting of cost-effectiveness in health and medicine: The Second Panel on Cost-Effectiveness in Health and Medicine. Journal of the American Medical Association. 2016. Vol. 316, No. 10, 13, pp 1093-1103.

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

Santana MJ, Feeny DH. 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 DH, 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 DH,  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 DH,  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 PatientsMedical Decision Making. March-April, 2012. Vol. 32, No. 2. pp 273-286.

Ross NA, Garner R, Bernier J, Feeny DH, 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 DH, 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.


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