Disease, disablility and participation

Aims & scope

In the ageing society more and more people are confronted with chronic illness, or even multi morbidity, or disability. Disease and disability can have an influence on the quality of life of people as it can affect the way they feel about themselves, the way they are able to function independently, cope with the consequences of the disease, their participation in society and the way they are treated by others. Research in this theme focuses on functioning, participation in society and on personal  and environmental factors that might hinder or help maintaining functional autonomy and quality of life. This is not only done by longitudinal observational cohort studies (e.g. Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam), but also by interventions aimed at increasing functional autonomy by care initiatives. As quality of life is a subjective experience, it is important that patients have a role in pointing out relevant disease and disability related problems and possible solutions.