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Operationalising the capability approach for outcome measurement in mental health research

Judit Simon, Paul Anand, Alastair Gray (), Jorun Rugkåsa, Ksenija Yeeles and Tom Burns

Social Science & Medicine, 2013, vol. 98, issue C, 187-196

Abstract: Amartya Sen's multidimensional capability approach focuses on the importance of freedoms to be or do things people have reason to value. It is an alternative to standard utilitarian welfarism, the theoretical approach to quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) and cost-utility analyses. Despite the limitations of the utility approach in capturing non-health benefits and broader welfare inequalities, there have been very limited applications of the capability approach in the mental health context where these issues are imperative.

Keywords: England; Capabilities; Mental health; Outcome research; PROM; Quality-of-Life; Social functioning; Economic evaluation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2013.09.019

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