Difference between quality of life & standard of living

In Uncategorized on November 30, 2008 by Alan Lovell Tagged: ,

What’s the difference between standard of living and quality of life? I went to see a talk the other day on patient reported outcome measures (not that that bit’s important) and there was a pithy little example (at least for western, Anglo-Saxon society) that went thus:

Standard of living is “two cars, two houses, two refrigerators and one psychiatrist”, while quality of life is “one car, one house, one fridge and no psychiatrist”.

Which group do you fall into (or more to the point, would you like to fall into)?


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