Quality Of Life

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Write a reflective account on your views about the factors that can impact on quality of life. For this essay, I will be providing a reflective account on my personal views and experiences as well as views of from professionals regarding the factors that can impact on the quality of life. The different perspectives of the ideas of health, well-being and quality of life will be examined and a conclusion will be made of my views. Different theories, ideologies and opinions from experiences I have had with be explored in conjunction with different practices of health and social care. I will compare different theories of what affects the quality of life and use what I have learnt from the module materials to support any statements and conclusions…show more content…
The pursuit of well-being has a long history and is found as far back to 384bc as Aristotle ‘and his followers promoted the ideal of the good life, whereby wellbeing and happiness were achieved by following a principled lifestyle and pursuing worthwhile goals’. pg 5. The quality of life remains a contested concept due to the fact there is no formal method of measuring it which is grounded and accepted generally. It can be measure in many ways and people depending on age, gender, ethnicity; all have their own views of what consists as a good quality of life and well-being. There are many theories in regards to the factors that affect the quality of life ranging from basic needs in Maslow’s theory to the broader subjective needs in Bradshaw’s concept, to which is the most relevant depends on the…show more content…
Quality of life has objective and subjective aspects; objective aspects are usually universal and are measured by things that are basic to living and that be present. Subjective aspects vary between people and are believed to be things that lead to happiness and that make life worth living. Doyal and Gough believe the basic needs such as physical health, and survival must be satisfied in order to participate in society and if these needs are satisfied this may lead to serious harm either psychological or physical. The concept of Doyal and Gough do not include the need for enjoyment in life limiting people to the ‘minimal preconditions for participation in human life’ pg 8. They believe that a person needs autonomy and a freedom to identify goals in a person’s own best interest. The theories of Doyal and Gough suggest that needs go beyond basic needs and they criticise Maslow for being too biologically driven. They believe that they have a broader view a need to gain autotomy and choice which in turn challenge health and social
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