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Measuring the Quality of Life: From Theory to Practice

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7068.1341a (Published 23 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1341
  1. Ray Fitzpatrick

    Soren Ventegodt Forskningscentrets Forlag, £15, pp 218 ISBN 87 90190 08 4

    Since the 1970s increased effort has been invested in “social indicators” research, the objectives of which are to assess levels of welfare, satisfaction, and quality of life in populations and to identify determinants of these states. This research was a logical development of the welfare state in that it attempted to provide scientific, policy oriented answers to the question of how the wellbeing of citizens was to be sustained and improved. Some of the results of such research can seem rather obvious: individuals are happier in more prosperous societies, at the top rather …

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