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Quality of Life Measures in Health Care and Medical Ethics

Dan Brock

in The Quality of Life

Published in print March 1993 | ISBN: 9780198287971
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596704 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198287976.003.0009

Series: WIDER Studies in Development Economics

 Quality of Life Measures in Health Care and Medical Ethics

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Brock's comprehensive study of measures of quality of life in the area of healthcare shows that doctors and philosophers, in their quest for the best way to assess the quality of patients’ lives, have increasingly turned to a list of functional capabilities, much similar to those proposed in the capability literature and in the theory and practice of Scandinavian social scientists. The field of healthcare offers a rich ground for comparing, contrasting, and assessing different approaches.

Keywords: agent specificity; ethical judgments; health policy; healthcare; ideal theories; scientific objectivity

Chapter.  18477 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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