Quality of Life

Cultural, Socio-Economic, and Geographic Perspectives
  • Eka Esu-Williams


In discussing the socio-economic and cultural dimensions of quality of life, a global analysis will be inappropriate because of the complexities and differences in culture and economies between geographic areas. This paper will focus on experiences from Nigeria within an African context which could be applicable to other regions of the developing world with similar socio-economic and cultural settings. This approach is likely to bring issues into focus more clearly than using the developed, western world as the basis for discussing socio-economic and cultural factors of quality of life. Overall, the paper is intended to provide a basis for a broad-based discussion and interest from diverse groups such as medical professionals who often do not accommodate social and cultural dimensions of quality of life and others who are unaware of, poorly informed about or not involved in enunciating quality of life issues. Whereas quality of life concepts have been recognized and medical practice to incorporate them promoted in developed countries, in developing countries, the main priority centers around the provision of treatment and care for patients, in anticipation of possible cure.


Health Provider Cultural Factor Medical Professional Cultural Dimension Terminal Illness 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Eka Esu-Williams
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  1. 1.Family Health International AIDS Control and Prevention ProjectSociety of Women and AIDS in Africa (SWAA)LagosNigeria

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