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Feeny David, Professor Emeritus | Co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of Patient-Reported Outcomes

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David Feeny

Professor Emeritus | Co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of Patient-Reported Outcomes

McMaster Decision Science Laboratory (McDSL)

Emeritus Faculty
Department of Economics

Area(s) of Interest:


Research Interests:Health Economics, Health-Related Quality of Life, Health-Services Research, Health Technology Assessment, Experimental Economics and Institutional Change


Econ 2CC3- Health Economics & Application to Health Policy- Winter 2016

Econ 3Z03- Health Economics- Winter 2016

Econ 791- Advanced Topics in Health Economics- Winter 2016


Selected Recent Research Publications (last five years)

Santana, Maria-Jose, David Feeny, Jeffrey A. Johnson, Finlay A. McAlister, Daniel Kim, Justin Weinkauf, and Dale C. Lien, “Assessing the Use of Health-Related Quality-of-Life Measures in the Routine Care of Lung-Transplant Patients.” Quality of Life Research, Vol. 19, No. 3, April, 2010, pp 371-379; published on-line February 10, 2010.


Grosse, Scott D., Lisa A. Prosser, Keiko Asakawa, and David Feeny, “QALY Weights for Neurosensory Impairments in Economic Evaluations: Case Studies and a Critique.” Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research, Vol. 10, No, 3, June, 2010, pp 293-308.


Feeny, David H., Mark S. Kaplan, Nathalie Huguet, and Bentson H. McFarland, “Comparing Population Health in the United States and Canada..” Population Health Metrics, Vol. 8:8, published on-line April 29, 2010;  doi:10.1186/1478-7954-8-8.


Kaplan, Robert, Steven Tally, Ron D. Hays, David Feeny, Theodore Ganiats, Mari Palta, and Dennis G. Fryback, “ Five Preference-Based Indexes in Cataract and Heart-Failure Patients Were Not Equally Responsive to Change.” Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, Vol. 64, No. 5, May, 2011, pp 497-506; published online August 4, 2010.


Bentley, Tanya GK, Mari Palta, Adam Paulsen, Dasha Cherepanov, Nancy Cross Dunham, David Feeny, Robert M. Kaplan, and Dennis G. Fryback “Race and Gender Associations Between Obesity and Nine Health Related Quality of Life Measures.” Quality of Life Research, Vol. 20, No. 5, June, 2011, pp 655-674; published on-line March 10, 2011. [Nominated for the 2011 Quality of Life Research Article of the Year Award]


Ross, Nancy A., Rochelle Garner, Julie Bernier, David H. Feeny, Mark S. Kaplan, Bentson H. McFarland, Heather M. Orpana, and Jillian Oderkirk, “Trajectories of Health-Related Quality of Life by Socioeconomic Status in a Nationally Representative Canadian Cohort.” Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, Vol. 66, No. 7, July, 2012, pp 593-598; published online March 24, 2011.


Feeny, David, Karen Spritzer, Ron D Hays, Honghu Liu, Theodore Ganiats, Robert M. Kaplan, Mari Palta, and Dennis G. Fryback, “Agreement About Identifying Patients Who Change Over Time: Cautionary Results in Cataract and Heart Failure Patients.” Medical Decision Making, Vol. 32, No. 2, March-April, 2012, pp 273-286;  published online October 18, 2011.


Garner, Rochelle E., David Feeny, Amanda Thompson, Julie Bernier, Bentson H. McFarland, Nathalie Huguet, Mark S. Kaplan, Heather Orpana, Nancy A. Ross, and Chris Blanchard, “Bodyweight, Gender, and Quality of Life: A Population-based Longitudinal Study.” Quality of Life Research, Vol. 21, No. 5, June, 2012, pp 813-825; published online August 13, 2011. “Erratum.” Quality of Life Research, Vol. 21, No. 5, June, 2012, p 827. Awarded Third Place in the International Society for Quality of Life Research Outstanding Article of the Year Award for 2012.


Asakawa, Keiko, Ambikaipakan Senthilselvan, David Feeny,  Jeffrey A. Johnson, and Darryl Rolfson, “Trajectories of Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQL) Differ by Age Among Adults: Results from an Eight Year Longitudinal Study.” Journal of Health Economics, Vol. 31, No. 1, January, 2012, pp 207-218.


Furlong, William, Charlene Rae, David Feeny, Richard Gelber, Caroline Laverdiere, Bruno Michon, Lewis Silverman, Stephen Sallan, and Ronald D. Barr, “Health-Related Quality of Life Among Children with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.” Pediatric Blood & Cancer, Vol. 59, No. 4, October, 2012, pp 717-724; published online January 31, 2012.


Feeny, David, Nathalie Huguet, Bentson H. McFarland, Mark S. Kaplan Heather M. Orpana, and Elizabeth Eckstrom, “Hearing, Mobility, and Pain Predict Mortality: A Longitudinal Population-Based Study.” Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, Vol. 65, No. 7, July, 2012, pp 764-777; published online April 19, 2012.


Knapp, Caprice, Vanessa Madden, Dennis Revicki, David Feeny, Hua Wang, Charlotte Curtis, Phyllis Sloyer, and Elizabeth Shenkman, “Health Status and Health-Related Quality of Life In an Integrated Pediatric Palliative Care Program.” Journal of Palliative Medicine, Volume 15, No. 7, July, 2012, pp 790-797; published online June 11, 2012.


Kaplan, Mark S., Nathalie Huguet, David Feeny, Bentson H. McFarland, Raul Caetano, Julie Bernier, Norman Giesbrecht, Lisa Oliver, and Nancy Ross, “Alcohol use patterns and trajectories of health-related quality of life in middle-aged and older adults: A 14-year population-based study.” Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, Vol. 73, No. 4, July, 2012, pp 581-590. 


Eckstrom, Elizabeth N., David H. Feeny, Louise C. Walter, Leslie A. Perdue, and Evelyn P. Whitlock “Individualizing Cancer Screening in Older Adults: A Narrative Review and Framework for Future Research.” Journal of General Internal Medicine, Vol. 28, No. 2, February, 2013, pp 292-298; published online September 28, 2012.


Reeve, Bryce B., Kathleen W. Wyrwich, Albert W. Wu, Galina Velikova, Caroline B. Terwee, Claire F. Snyder, Carolyn Schwartz, Dennis A. Revicki, Carol M. Moinpour, Lori D. McLeod, Jessica C. Lyons, William R. Lenderking, Pamela S. Hinds, Ron D. Hays, Joanne Greenhalgh Richard Gershon, David Feeny, Peter M. Fayers, David Cella, Michael Brundage, Sara Ahmed, Neil K. Aaronson, Zeeshan Butt, and on behalf of the International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL), “ISOQOL Recommends Minimum Standards for Patient-Reported Outcome Measures Used in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research.” Quality of Life Research, Vol. 22, No. 8, October, 2013, pp 1889-1905;  published online January 4, 2013.


Feeny, David, “Health-Related Quality of Life Data Should Be Regarded As A Vital Sign.” Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, Vol. 66, No. 7, July, 2013, pp 706-709; published online March 22, 2013.


Jones, C. Allyson, Sheri L. Pohar, Ken Eng, and David H. Feeny, “Longitudinal construct validity of the HUI2 and HUI3 in hip fracture: A comparison with Functional Independence Measure.” Quality of Life Research, Vol 23, No. 3, April, 2014, pp 805-813; published online October 1, 2013.


Kaplan, Mark S., Nathalie Huguet, David Feeny, Bentson H. McFarland, Raul Caetano, Julie Bernier, Norman Giesbrecht, Lisa Oliver, Pamela Ramage-Morin, and Nancy A. Ross, “The association between alcohol use and long-term care placement of older Canadians: A 14-year population-based study.” Addictive Behaviors, Vol. 39, No. 1, January, 2014, pp 219-224; published online October, 2013.


Gilmour, Heather, Saverio Stranges, Mark S. Kaplan, David Feeny, Bentson McFarland, Nathalie Huguet, and Julie Bernier, “Longitudinal trajectories of sleep duration in the general population.” Health Reports, Vol. 24, No. 11, November, 2013, pp 14-20.


Feeny, David H., Elizabeth N. Eckstrom, Evelyn P. Whitlock, and Leslie A. Perdue, “A Primer for Systematic Reviewers and Others on the Measurement of Functional Status and Health-Related Quality of Life in Older Adults.” Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Research White Paper, Publication No. 13-EHC128-EF, September 23, 2013.


Rae, Charlene, William Furlong, Momcilo Jankovic, Albert Moghrabi, Ahmed Naqvi, Alessandra Sala, Yvan Samson, Sonja De Pauw, David Feeny, and Ronald D. Barr, , “Economic evaluation of treatments for acute lymphoblastic leukemia in childhood.”European Journal of Cancer Care, Vol. 23, No. 6, November, 2014, pp 779-785; published online January 7, 2014.


Santana, Maria-Jose, and David Feeny, “Framework to Assess the Effects of Using Patient-Reported Measures in Routine Chronic Care Management.” Quality of Life Research, Vol. 23, No. 5, June, 2014, pp 1505 - 1513; published online December 7, 2013.


Matza, Louis, Kristina Secnick Boye, David H. Feeny, Joseph A. Johnston, Lee L.B. Bowman, and Jessica Jordan, “Impact of caregiver and parenting status on time trade-off and standard gamble utility scores for health state descriptions.” Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, Vol. 12, No. 48, 2014, published April 9, 2014;


Boye, Kristina S., Louis S. Matza, David H. Feeny, Joseph A. Johnston, Lee Bowman, and Jessica B. Jordan, “Challenges to time trade-off utility assessment methods: when should you consider alternative approaches?” Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research, Vol. 14, No. 3, June, 2014, pp 437-450.