Journal article

Quality of life in patients who have remitted from their first episode of psychosis

SM Cotton, JFM Gleeson, M Alvarez-Jimenez, PD McGorry

SCHIZOPHRENIA RESEARCH | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2010

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Quality of life (QoL) in first-episode psychosis (FEP) is strongly related to levels of psychopathology and may vary as a function of illness phase. QoL remains poorly understood in FEP. AIM: Characterise the nature and predictors of QoL in patients who have remitted from their first-episode of psychosis. METHOD: Demographic characteristics, diagnoses, and psychopathology were assessed in 81 FEP patients. The World Health Organization Quality of Life Scale-Bref (WHOQoL-Bref) was used to assess QoL in these patients. Carer-related variables (expressed emotion and burden of care) were ascertained from 63 relatives. RESULTS: Poorer QoL was associated with personality disorder, depre..

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