Schizophrenia and quality of life: how important are symptoms and functioning?
1 Section of Child Neurology and Psychiatry, Children's Hospital A.Meyer - University of Florence, Italy
2 Section of Psychiatry, University of Ferrara, Italy
3 Unit of Clinical Psychiatry, Integrated Department of Mental Health and Drug Abuse, Local Health Agency, Ferrara, Italy
4 Community Mental Health Centre, Integrated Department of Mental Health and Drug Abuse, Local Health Agency, Ferrara, Italy
International Journal of Mental Health Systems 2010, 4:31 doi:10.1186/1752-4458-4-31Published: 8 December 2010
the relationship between Quality of life (QoL) and global functioning and symptoms in outpatients with Schizophrenia
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.
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.
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.