The concept of ‘quality of life’ can be found in two distinct areas of health and social research. The first has its origins in early twentieth-century eugenics, and was used as a descriptive assessment of presumed life patterns resulting from a chronic condition, in particular, infants with severe disabilities. These assessments combined clinical judgement (including moral and social concerns) with a set of economic rationale in order to establish a systematic case for non-treatment of those whose physical and cognitive abilities differed from the norm (Koch, 2000: 420). The second, more socially-orientated conception of quality of life first emerged in the 1920s and was utilized in order to consider social concerns about the general life or ‘social health’ ...
Quality of Life Measures
Quality of life measures