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Concepts and Measurement of Quality of Life in Health Care : European Studies in Philosophy of Medicine - Lennart Nordenfelt

Concepts and Measurement of Quality of Life in Health Care

European Studies in Philosophy of Medicine

By: Lennart Nordenfelt (Editor)


Published: 30th April 1994
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Questions concerning the notion of quality of life, its definition, and its ap­ plications for purposes of assessment and measurement in social and medical contexts, have been widely discussed in Scandinavia during the last ten years. To a great extent this discussion mirrors the international develop­ ment in the area. Several methods for the assessment and measurement of quality of life have been borrowed from the UK and the US and then further developed in northern Europe. But there has also been an internal develop­ ment. This holds in particular for the social arena, where Scandinavia has had a special tradition both in theory and practice. In this volume an attempt is made to illustrate some aspects of the philo­ sophical, and in general theoretical, discussion concerning quality of life in Scandinavia. In addition, some prominent scholars from other parts of Europe, i. e. , France, the Netherlands, the UK and Italy, have been invited to contribute. The volume is divided into three sections. The first contains philosophical analyses of the general notion of quality of life and proposes a number of different explications. The second section considers various ap­ plications of the notion of quality of life in health care. The papers serve to disentangle some intellectual and ethical problems that stem from these ap­ plications. The third section is more practical and focuses on methods of measuring quality of life in medicine and health care.

Editor's Preface
Introductionp. 1
Aristotle on the Good Life and Quality of Lifep. 19
Towards a Theory of Happiness: A Subjectivist Notion of Quality of Lifep. 35
Happiness, Life and Quality of Life: A Commentary on Nordenfelt's 'Towards a Theory of Happiness'p. 59
On Need and Quality of Lifep. 63
Needs, Rights and Resources in Quality of Life Researchp. 79
Does Self-Deception Enhance the Quality of Life?p. 95
Quality of Life: Why Now? A Sociological Viewp. 117
Reflections on the Notion of 'Quality of Life'p. 135
Changing Preferences: Conceptual Problems in Comparing Health-Related Quality of Lifep. 161
Quality of Life and Handicapped Peoplep. 181
The Plausibility of Quality-of-Life Measures in Different Domains of Health Carep. 201
Analyzing Changes in Health-Related Quality of Lifep. 229
On General and Need-Related Quality of Life: A Psychological Theory for Use in Medical Rehabilitation and Psychiatryp. 241
A Psychiatric and Interactional Perspective on Quality of Lifep. 257
Notes on Contributorsp. 277
Indexp. 279
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ISBN: 9780792328247
ISBN-10: 0792328248
Series: European Studies in Philosophy of Medicine
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 30th April 1994
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 29.7 x 21.0  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.32