Journal article

Comparison of generic and disease-specific measures of quality of life in first-episode psychosis.

Laoise Renwick, John Lyne, Elizabeth Owens, Brian O' Donoghue, Kevin Madigan, Niall Turner, Jonathan Drennan, Ann Sheridan, Anthony Kinsella, Mary Clarke, Eadbhard O' Callaghan

Journal of Psychiatric Research | Elsevier BV | Published : 2013

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Quality of life (QOL) is now recognised as an important measure of outcome that could potentially influence clinical decision-making for those with a first-episode psychosis (FEP). A number of QOL instruments are available however; many differ in their conceptual orientation which may have serious implications for the outcome of QOL studies, interpretation of findings and clinical utility. We aimed to compare two commonly used tools representing both generic and disease-specific constructs to examine whether both tools appraise the same underlying QOL traits and also whether disease-specific tools retain their psychometric properties when used in FEP groups. METHODS: We assessed ..

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