Encyclopedia of Public Health

2008 Edition
| Editors: Wilhelm Kirch

Quality-of-Life Studies

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-5614-7_2892

Definition

Quality of life is an area of study that has attracted an ever‐increasing amount of interest over the past two decades, particularly in the areas of health, rehabilitation, disability studies, and social services, but also in medicine, education, and others. The study of quality of life is an examination of influences upon the satisfaction and meaning in life, as well as people's happiness and well-being. The ultimate goal of a quality-of-life study and its subsequent applications should be to enable people to live quality lives – lives that are both meaningful and enjoyable.

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