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Sen and the art of quality of life maintenance: towards a working definition of quality of life

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The capability approach advocated by Amartya Sen provides a new philosophical framework for social policy. It also permits re-appraisal of a central concept in health and social care, and more recently international development - 'quality of life'. This paper begins by comparing Sen's capability view of quality of life with current views predominant in health care, and re-defines quality of life as 'the gap between desired and actual capabilities'. A causal pathway linking resources such as i...

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Institution:
University of Bath
Department:
Wellbeing in Developing Countries ESRC Research Group
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University of Bath
Department:
Wellbeing in Developing Countries ESRC Research Group
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University of Bath
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Wellbeing in Developing Countries ESRC Research Group
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Wellbeing in Developing Countries Research Group Publisher's website
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WeD Working Paper Series
Publication date:
2006
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uuid:f5f33b23-ed21-4ca8-a3a5-c748f6793a28
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ora:2996

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