Academic journal article International Public Health Journal

Quality of Life in a Social Context

Academic journal article International Public Health Journal

Quality of Life in a Social Context

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Introduction

This special issue represents the second in the series on intellectual and developmental disability and quality of life and the possibilities of application in a wide range of areas of disability and also across a variety of issues relating to human services. The present series of articles deals with many practice issues, which are important for frontline intervention and support. These issues are also critical in terms of the need to match practice with policy to create integrated systems of delivery across the lifespan for individual and family needs where major challenges arise.

Issues of inclusion are discussed and in this context the danger is that without careful policy and practice development, community inclusion can falter and lead to exclusion. The need to bring different aspects of community service in all its forms is presented and discussed with practical examples. The breadth of application can better be understood, if we recognise the importance of the fine arts and recreation within this context. Also important are health issues, such as dealing with pain within a quality of life context, and aging. Aging is an increasingly important quality of life challenge, and one that is based on a lifespan context of individual development. To deal with individual needs when challenged in health and behaviour it is important to describe the methods of individual program planning as illustrated in this particular journal issue, again linking this to policy and its bonding with needs and supports at the "coalface".

Other papers are concerned with philosophical issues in the context of human rights and personal dignity. …

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