A Guide to the HUInc Website
|Welcome to Health Utilities Inc., leaders in utility assessment of health-related quality of life.|
The following list highlights the contents of the HUITM internet pages. Use the navigation buttons to the left to locate specific pages. Contact the HUInc webmaster if you have and queries or suggestions regarding this site.
|HUI Award Winners!||During the past few years, HUInc folk have won a number of prestigous awards for their research and contributions in the field of health-related quality of life. |
David Feeny, winner of the 2010 President's Award from the International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL) in London, UK.
John Horsman, winner of Best Podium Presentation at the 2010 International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) 15th Annual International Congress in Atlanta, USA.
George Torrance, our multiple award winner. In 2001 George was awarded the Career Achievement Award (recognizing senior investigators who have made significant contributions to the field of medical decision making) from the Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM). This was followed in 2002 when he received the ISOQOL President's Award in Orlando, USA. In 2006 George was doubly honoured. He was the recipient of the Avedis Donebedian Outcomes Research Lifetime Achievement Award at the ISPOR 11th Annual International Congress in Philadelphia, USA and was inducted into the "Community of Distinction" by McMaster University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Over the years HUInc personnel have won many ISPOR poster award finalist ribbons for outstanding contributions to the extensive library of ISPOR poster and abstract presentations at International and European Congresses including Danielle Talsma, John Horsman, and Bill Furlong. Well done all!
|HUI Presenters||Researchers from around the world have presented their studies using the HUI at many international conferences over the past 2 decades. Recent presenters include Drs Yulia Gorinova and Irina Vinyarskaya of the Russian Acdemy of Medical Sciences and XXX of Japan. All were at the recent International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) 2012 European Congress in Berlin Germany.|
|HUI Brief Description||A brief description providing a concise summary of key features of the Health Utilities Index (HUI). The information may be used in HUI-related proposals and reports. A 'hot-link' is provided at the end of the text to a document suitable for word-processing.|
|HUI Overview||Highlights of the HUI system for measuring health status, health-related quality of life, and producing utility scores.|
|SiteMap||Descriptive guide to the individual web-pages as of November 11, 2005 including|
pictures of the cast and crew of HUInc at various venues and functions over the last few years. Scroll to the Photo Album at the bottom of this page.
|HUI2 Classification||Details of the Health Utilities Index-Mark2 system including the attribute levels, classification system, and scoring algorithm.|
For details of the UK HUI2 valuation project and associated algorithms in the UK contact C.McCabe at the University of Sheffield.
|HUI3 Classification||Details of the Health Utilities Index-Mark3 system including the attribute levels, classification system, and scoring algorithm.|
|Manual||This is an excerpt from the standard HUI Self-administered, Self-assessed questionnaire application manual (August 16, 2012 edition). It includes the "Table of Contents" (TOC) and the "Introduction".|
|Questionnaires||Which HUI questionnaire format is right for your needs? The HUI health status classification system can be interviewer or self-administered, proxy or self-assessed, with a range of 'standard' recall periods to suit most surveys. This page provides 'at-a-glance' details of the different versions available including a schematic flow diagram of the HUI System components.|
|Languages||The HUI measurement system is available in many languages. This page provides more details on availability and who to contact. It also has a link to an on-line application form for e-submit direct to the HUInc Service Centre.|
|References||A bibliography of journal articles, abstracts, books, and book chapters detailing the use of the HUI health status measures. This list is sub-divided into sections including articles whose main focus is "Methodology", "Clinical & Evaluative studies", "Population Health applications", "HUI3 in Canadian Population Health Surveys", "List of health care problem investigated", and finally, a "List of countries where HUI measurement systems applications have been used". The list is kept current and the date of the 'last' update is shown.|
(as of January 1, 2014)
|Details of HUI support services and licensing fees. Much information about the HUIR is published and in the public domain. In addition, a large number of materials are proprietary and may be used only with written permission from HUInc. and upon payment of licensing fees. Note: Fees may be changed at any time. Please contact HUI personnel for up-to-date licensing information.|
|Contact Info||Who and How to contact the HUInc Service Centre.|
|Application Form||On-line application form to submit a profile of information related to your study proposal. It allows the HUInc service personnel to review your proposal and advise which HUI instrument is best suited to your needs.|
|FAQ||Provides a direct link to a review paper "The Health Utilities Index (HUI®): concepts, measurement properties and applications" by Horsman, Furlong, Feeny & Torrance at the on-line publication site of Health and Quality of Life Outcomes. This review paper has a publisher's "Highly Accessed" site designation. It is a Q&A format about the standard HUI.|
|HUI Reference Scores||Tables (in pdf) detailing HUI2 and HUI3 population normative data from numerous international studies. The tables are categorized by HUI Classification Sytem - Country - Race/Ethnicity - Gender - Age and provide details of the source of the data for further enquiry.|
|HUI Photo-Album||Selected photos from the HUInc album. Click on the small photos to see the larger picture.|
|John Horsman, Bill Furlong, George Torrance at the HUInc booth @ ISPOR2003|
|Chris McCabe & Bill Furlong discussing UK valuation of HUI2 @ ISPOR2003|
|David Feeny @ ISTAHC2003|
|David Feeny, Bill Furlong, George Torrance comparing notes @ ISTAHC2003|
|Bill Furlong, John Horsman, David Feeny, George Torrance, Takamoto Uemura @ ISTAHC2003, Canmore, Alberta, Canada|
|Danielle Hunter with poster @ ISPOR2005 "HEALTH UTILITIES INDEX (HUI) ON-LINE QUESTIONNAIRE SYSTEM: CRITERION VALIDITY OF MULTI- AND SINGLE-ATTRIBUTE UTILITY SCORES"|
|Danielle Talsma with "Award Finalist" poster @ ISPOR2005 "RELIABILITY OF SPANISH-LANGUAGE HUI MEASUREMENTS IN SURVIVORS OF CANCER IN CHILDHOOD: AGREEMENT BETWEEN PATIENTS, PARENTS AND PHYSICIANS"|
|Danielle Hunter & Danielle Talsma @ ISPOR2005|
|John Horsman another "Award Finalist" @ ISPOR2005 "RELIABILITY and VALIDITY of BRAZILIAN PORTUGUESE HEALTH UTILITIES INDEX (HUI) QUESTIONNAIRES FOR ASSESSING THE HEALTH STATUS OF SURVIVORS OF CHILDHOOD CANCER"|
|Danielle Talsma & Danielle Hunter at the HUInc Booth @ ISPOR2005|
|David Feeny in San Francisco at the 12th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Quality of Life Research - ISOQOL 2005.|
|Bill Furlong, Maria Santana, Ken Eng, George Torrance & Keiko Asakawa at ISOQOL 2005.|
|Danielle Talsma with her poster "RELIABILITY OF SPANISH-LANGUAGE HEALTH UTILITIES INDEX MARK 2 (HUI2) IN SURVIVORS OF CANCER DURING CHILDHOOD: AGREEMENT BETWEEN PATIENTS, PARENTS AND PHYSICIANS" at the 12th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Quality of Life Research - ISOQOL 2005.|
|Maria Santana with her poster "IS IT FEASIBLE TO INCLUDE ROUTINE HEALTH RELATED QUALITY OF LIFE (HRQL) ASSESSMENT IN THE CLINICAL CARE OF HEART TRANSPLANT PATIENTS?" at the 12th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Quality of Life Research - ISOQOL 2005.|
|Heart transplant patients completing the HUI during a routine post-surgical clinic visit.|
|Health Utilities Group - HUInc Service Centre Staff, May, 2006.|
Back row L-R, John Horsman, Sonja dePauw, Bill Furlong
Front row L-R, Charlene Rae, Jennifer McGugan
On maternity leave Danielle Hunter.
|Charlene Rae and George Torrance at the HUInc booth at ISPOR 2006 in Philadelphia. George was awarded ISPOR's Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's conference.|
|George Torrance - recipient of the 2006 "Avedis Donabedian Outcomes Research Lifetime Achievement Award" awarded at the ISPOR 11th Annual International Meeting in Philadelphia, May 2006. George is co-developer of the HUI. The award is named in honor of Avedis Donabedian, one of the pioneers in the measurement of patient outcomes and quality of care. The ISPOR Award is international in scope and stature, recognizing an individualís outstanding, life-long achievement in the area of improving health outcomes and is open to any person who, through his or her lifeís endeavors, has demonstrated a significant and lasting contribution towards better health outcomes.|
|The HUI booth at ISPOR2006 European Congress in Copenhagen. Unfortunately our booth display equipment did not arrive on time. Luckily, we had our banner-flag and reprint originals and were able to improvise. Many thanks to our old friends and new acquaintances who dropped by to say hello.|
|ISOQOL President's Award: David Feeny, recipient in 2010 and George Torrance, recipient in 2002. The goal of this award is to recognize outstanding contributions (by an individual or group) to the advancement of the quality of life field in one or more of the following areas: "education of professionals, patients or lay individuals about the value of quality of life assessment as related to health"; "promotion or execution of quality of life research or other scholarly activities"; and "facilitating or furthering policy initiatives that impact upon health-related quality of life." Congratulations George and David!|
|ISPOR 2010 Best Podium Presentation: John Horsman for presentation titled: "RELIABILITY OF HEALTH UTILITIES INDEX (HUI) SCORES: PATIENT AND PARENT INTER-RATER AGREEMENT ACROSS TWO CLINICAL TRIALS OF TREATMENT FOR ACUTE LYMPHOBLASTIC LEUKEMIA (ALL) IN CHILDHOOD. Co-authors: Charlene Rae, William Furlong, LB Silverman, SE Sallan, U Athale, Ronald D Barr."|
|ISPOR Poster Award Finalist: Bill Furlong (shown opposite on right talking with Chris McCabe at a recent ISPOR Congress), along with John Horsman and Danielle Talsma have all been proud winners of an ISPOR Poster Award finalists' ribbon over the past decade.|
|At the recent International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) European Congress in Berlin, Germany, there were several excellent presentations by researchers from around the world detailing their work using the HUI for the determination of health status and health-related quality of life in many cohorts and populations. Pictured is lead author Dr Yulia Gorinova (on left) and co-author Dr Irina Vinyarskaya of the Scientific Center of Children's Health at the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences in Moscow, with their poster titled "THE MEASUREMENT OF QUALITY OF LIFE IN CHILDREN WITH SYSTIC FIBROSIS USING THE RUSSIAN VERSION OF THE HEALTH UTILITIES INDEX QUESTIONNAIRE".|
|Grand opening of the new HUInc Service Centre office in Ancaster, ON, Canada. Pictured seated front row L to R: Mary Gauld, John Horsman, George Torrance. Back row L to R: Bill Furlong, David Feeny.|