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Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis


CHEPA founder welcomed home

02 Oct 2014

CHEPA welcomes the return to its faculty of one of the Centre’s founding members - David Feeny, whose work helping to develop the influential Health Utilities Index (HUI) continues to shape the field of health economics. The index assesses health-related quality of life and is used extensively in clinical and population health studies.  

Feeny worked at McMaster from 1976-1998, teaching in both the Department of Economics and the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and in 1988 helped to found the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA).

After leaving McMaster he held appointments in Economics, Public Health Sciences, and Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Alberta from 1998 to 2009. More recently he was a Senior Investigator at the Center for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Northwest, in Portland, Oregon.

Feeny received his PhD in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1976. His research has included the assessment of health-related quality of life in a wide variety of clinical studies; investigations of the determinants of health, and evaluations of the effects of using measures of health-related quality of life in routine clinical practice.

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).

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