Ethics of Seeking and Assessing "Quality of Life"

March 29, 2019 -
8:30am to 4:30pm

Abstract: This conference will explore the how “quality of life” is defined, measured, and used in various healthcare contexts, including research on healthcare outcomes. It will examine how the field of contemporary bioethics emerged in response to concerns about quality of life, and how bioethics and disability studies can be brought into conversation with each other to develop more nuanced understanding of the concept of quality of life and to appreciate how individuals view their own quality of life. The conference will feature morning lectures with time for discussion, followed by concurrent sessions in the afternoon that include panels, talks, discussion, and consideration of cases.

The full program and information about registration are available here.

Keynote Lecture:

Quality of life: What is it, how is it measured, and how are the results used?
Joel Tsevat, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine
Joaquin G. Cigarroa, Jr., MD, Distinguished Chair
Director, ReACH Center
Director, KL2 Program, UT Health San Antonio
Professor of Population Health, Dell Medical School, UT Austin


Ira R. Messer Lecture:

Can We Avoid Death with Dementia?
Dena S. Davis, JD, PhD
Presidential Chair in Health
Professor of Bioethics
Lehigh University


Plenary Lecture:

Accessing Justice: Reassessing “Quality of Life” through Disability Studies 
Robert McRuer, PhD
Department of English
George Washington University

Location and Address

Scaife Hall 11th Floor Conference Center