is the Health Utilities Index (HUIR)?
Uses of HUIR
a system for measuring health status,
health-related quality of life, and producing utility scores
generic, preference-scored, comprehensive,
based on explicit conceptual framework
of health status and health-related quality of life
there are 3 versions of HUIR:
each version includes a health status
classification system and formula for calculating utility scores
HUI2 describes 24,000 unique health states and HUI3 describes 972,000 unique health states
scoring formulas are well grounded in
theory and based on preference data from community surveys
conceptual and measurement properties
described in numerous papers published in peer-reviewed scientific journals
to date over 300 investigators have
used HUIR in a wide variety of studies in over 20 countries world-wide
more than 300,000 subjects have been
assessed using HUIR
available in more than 20 languages world-wide (see LANGUAGES for more details)R
available in traditional paper/pencil format suitable for self-administration, interviewer-administration (remote or face-to-face) and now in an internet web-based format (see Web-Based System for more details)R
HUIR Data Collection
to measure health-related quality of
life in clinical trials
to measure functional status in clinical
to measure outcomes for cost-effectiveness
and cost-utility analyses
to measure health status for use in
routine clinical practice and quality assurance programs
to describe and monitor the health of
to investigate determinants of health
to substitute for complex direct preference
use HUIR questionnaires to collect data on health status; code and analyze results according to algorithms documented by HUInc.
HUIR questionnaires and documentation are available in a variety of formats and languages for different applications including web-based administration
HUI2 and HUI3 systems are complementary
measures are appropriate for broad range
of subjects (5 years of age and older). For ages:
- 5-8 years, HUInc recommends a proxy-assess, self- or interviewer-administered version;
- 8-12 years, the self-assess, interviewer-administered version;
- 13+ years, self-assess, self- or interviewer-administered version.
Contact HUInc personnel for more information about age appropriate HUI instruments.
Follow the links for detailed information on the HUI2 and HUI3 classification systems;
Selecting a Self- or Interviewer- or Web-based administration format;
Reviewing the Table of Contents/Introduction of the HUI Self-Complete Questionnaire manual;
Completing the on-line Application Form to contact the HUI Service Centre
with your study-particulars and allow your HUInc representative help you
choose the HUI instrument that meets your needs.
HUInc Leaders in the Utility Assessment of Health-Related Quality of Life
(R) HUI Registration: USA 2660116, 2716082; UK 2228611, 2228610; CAN TMA544008, TMA550246.
HUI pages last updated - October 3, 2006
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