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Int J Ment Health Syst. 2010 Dec 8;4:31. doi: 10.1186/1752-4458-4-31.

Schizophrenia and quality of life: how important are symptoms and functioning?

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  • 1Section of Child Neurology and Psychiatry, Children's Hospital A,Meyer - University of Florence, Italy. annagaluppi@gmail.com.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

the relationship between Quality of life (QoL) and global functioning and symptoms in outpatients with Schizophrenia

METHOD:

The study was carried out on the outpatients with schizophrenia attending a Community Mental Health Centre in 2008. Each patient completed the WHO QoL Instrument - Brief and was administered the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale-24 to assess psychiatric symptoms and the VADO Personal and social Functioning Scale to assess the level of functioning.

RESULTS:

subjects showed an intermediate satisfaction on the overall QoL and health; these data can be juxtaposed to the national standard sample rates. QoL resulted positively associated to personal and social functioning, while it was negatively related to psychiatric symptoms.

CONCLUSION:

patients showed a fairly good satisfaction in regard to their QoL. The severity of psychiatric symptoms is one of the elements influencing QoL, together with personal and social functioning that plays a relevant role.

PMID:
21143871
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PMCID:
PMC3016370
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