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The Quality of Life$
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Martha Nussbaum and Amartya Sen

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198287971

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198287976.001.0001

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Quality of Life Measures in Health Care and Medical Ethics

Quality of Life Measures in Health Care and Medical Ethics

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(p.95) Quality of Life Measures in Health Care and Medical Ethics
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The Quality of Life
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Dan Brock

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198287976.003.0009

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

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