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Psychiatr Danub. 2019 Jun;31(Suppl 2):190-195.

Improving the quality of life during treatment in the Day hospital for early intervention in Psychiatric Hospital "Sveti Ivan".

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Psychiatric Hospital "Sveti Ivan", Jankomir 11, 10090 Zagreb, Croatia,



The Day hospital for early intervention is a time-limited structured therapeutic program based on different psychotherapy and socio-therapy techniques. The aim of this study was to examine the outcomes of the Day hospital treatment for early intervention on self-esteem, and quality of life, and to determine which patients benefit the most from the program.


The study was conducted on 124 patients with an early phase of psychosis who were treated at the Day hospital. They filled out Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale, and WHOQOL-BREF upon the admission and again after three months of the treatment. Interaction effects were examined between their sociodemographic characteristics (gender, age, employment status), clinical features (first episode of psychosis or longer duration of illness), and results on applied questionnaires.


After three months of the treatment, patients evaluated their self-esteem, overall quality of life and satisfaction with different QoL domains (physical and psychological health, environment) as significantly improved. Younger patients had greater increase in estimated self-esteem compared to older patients. No other significant interactions were found.


Notwithstanding the limitations of this study, we may conclude that the findings are encouraging and may assist with development of more effective therapeutic approaches.

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