Quality of life in schizophrenia: a review of the literature from 1995 to 2000.

Jaya Pinikahana, Brenda Happell, Judy Hope, Nicholas A. Keks

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The measurement of the quality of life of patients diagnosed with psychiatric disorders has become central to evaluating the effectiveness of treatments offered by Australian mental health services. The importance of quality of life as an indicator of the outcomes of interventions has been reflected by a large body of research seeking to measure the impact of variables such as gender, ethnicity and duration of illness on the measurable quality of life of an individual diagnosed with schizophrenia. This study aims to review and synthesize the recent literature in which quality of life has been measured by the use of at least one quality of life instrument. It is concludes that while the measurement of quality of life is valuable as a measure of outcomes, it should be treated as only one means of doing so.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-111
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Mental Health Nursing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2002
Externally publishedYes

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