Hastings Center Report. 1988 Apr/May; 18(2): 10-12.
Quality of life considerations should be central to moral decisionmaking in medicine. The formula QL = NE x (H + S) identifies the central components in determinations of quality of life. Critics have confused the validity of this formal statement and its use as a substantive guide in clinical situations...the quality of life of any infant or other incompetent whose natural endowment (NE) is perceived to be greater than zero will unequivocably be enhanced by increases in contributions by Home (H) and/or contributions by Society (S).