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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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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
Department:
Wellbeing in Developing Countries ESRC Research Group
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Economic and Social Research Council
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Wellbeing in Developing Countries Research Group
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WeD Working Paper Series
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http://www.welldev.org.uk/research/working.htm
Publication date:
2006-01-01

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