Lookup NU author(s): Dr Danny Ruta,
Professor Cam Donaldson
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Sen's capability approach permits re-appraisal of a central concept in health and social care, and international development-'quality of life' (QoL). We compare Sen's capability view of QoL with current views in health care, and re-define QoL as 'the gap between desired and actual capabilities'. A causal pathway linking resources to capabilities, and finally to QoL, is postulated. The notion of 'cognitive homeostasis' is introduced to explain the observed curvilinear relationship between resources and QoL. A separate set of factors is identified that act to sustain or destabilise QoL. We conclude by examining the model's implications for policy and evaluation. © 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Author(s): Ruta D, Camfield L, Donaldson C
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journal of Socio-Economics
Print publication date: 01/06/2007
ISSN (print): 1053-5357
ISSN (electronic): 1879-1239
Publisher: Elsevier BV
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