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

Anna Galuppi1*, Maria Cristina Turola3, Maria Giulia Nanni2, Paola Mazzoni4 and Luigi Grassi2

Author Affiliations

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

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International Journal of Mental Health Systems 2010, 4:31  doi:10.1186/1752-4458-4-31

Published: 8 December 2010

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.