The University of Sheffield
Health Economics and Decision Science

A brief overview of the Child Health Utility 9D (CHU9D)

What is the CHU9D?

The CHU9D is a paediatric generic preference based measure of health related quality of life. It consists of a descriptive system and a set of preference weights, giving utility values for each health state described by the descriptive system, allowing the calculation of quality adjusted life years (QALYs) for use in cost utility analysis. The descriptive system and the preference weights are now available for use.

How was the CHU9D developed?

The CHU9D has been developed exclusively with children. The dimensions are based on interviews with over 70 children with a wide range of health problems. Further ranking work with children was undertaken to develop scales for the dimensions and a draft descriptive system was produced. This was tested on 150 school children and 98 children in hospital (including medical, surgical and day case patients) and subsequently refined to produce the final descriptive system. Further details can be found under the publications page.

The Descriptive System (Questionnaire)

You can view the descriptive system in the downloads box above, however please note that this is to view only, so that you can decide if you are interested in using the CHU9D.

Preference weights

Preference weights for the CHU9D were obtained from a sample of the UK general population using the recognised valuation technique of standard gamble. Members of the general population were asked to value a selection of health states from which a model was estimated to predict all the health states described by the CHU9D.

Applications

Whilst the measure was originally developed with children aged 7-11 years, since then it has been validated in an adolescent population (11-17 years). Details can be found on the publications page. Some studies are also underway trialling its application in children age 5-7 years and under 5 years. If you are interested in using it in this younger age group, please contact Katherine Stevens to discuss this.

Translations

At present there is the original UK English version, a Chinese translation and a Spanish translation available. Both the Chinese and Spanish translations have undergone a full linguistic validation process.

How can the CHU9D be obtained?

The CHU9D is copyrighted and is available on a license basis.

There are two forms of licence:

  1. A license is available free of charge for all non-commercial applications including work funded by research councils, Government agencies and charities.
  2. For commercial applications there will be a charge and the price will be negotiated upon application.

Both licences include use of the descriptive system and the preference weights.

Income generated from the charges will go into a University based research fund.

Even though it is free for non-commercial applications, we ask that you register your study with us so that we can keep a record of where the measure has been applied.

If you are a non-commercial user, please download and read the terms and conditions for non-commercial use in the downloads box (top right) and then use the link on the left hand menu to complete the non-commercial end user licence registration form.

If you are a commercial user, please use the link on the left hand menu to complete the commercial end user licence registration form and we will contact you upon receipt of this.

If you require the Chinese or Spanish translations of the CHU9D, please note this at the end of the form.

If you have any queries, please contact Katherine Stevens.