State’s Responsibility for the Quality of Life of Patients and the Elderly

Posted on: 14:44 by michal

The World Health Organization has defined “health” as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” (1946). Nevertheless, the Israeli government, in 2015, still fails to grasp the abstract elements of this right, choosing to measure the Quality of Life (QOL) of individuals suffering from chronic/life threatening illness/old age in terms of survival and physiological health. In so doing, attempts to integrate any social, emotional and spiritual issues – which enable more effective, more considerate and less expensive medical decisions – within the professional treatment and public agenda are pushed to the sidelines. Five dimensions of wellbeing – physiological, cognitive, social, emotional and spiritual – are used to define Quality of Life when suffering from severe illness and old age. Not all sick/old people require emotional care, but anyone who is sick/old seeks personal – empowering, sharing and attentive – care from the various professionals regarding their treatment, as well as treatment decisions that consider his wishes based on his principles and lifestyle

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