howRU, a new short generic measure of health status

7 December 2010

A new paper in Informatics in Primary Care (Evaluation of a new short generic measure of health status: howRU, 2010; 18:89-101) describes the development and testing of a new generic tool for measuring health-related quality of life.

howRU has four items (discomfort, distress, disability and dependence), rated on four levels (none, a little, quite a lot and extreme), in order to be quick and simple to use.

The paper's authors include Tim Benson and Justin Whatling, both of whom have visiting positions at CHIME, as well as CHIME's Prof. David Ingram and PhD student, Seref Arikan. The project also draws on some earlier pilot work by one of our Health Informatics MSc students, Timea Helter. warmest congratulations on this much deserved award.

Contact: Tim Benson (

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