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Clinical Factors Associated With Better Quality of Life in a Seriously Mentally Ill Population
Greer Sullivan; Kenneth B. Wells; Barbara Leake
Psychiatric Services 1992; doi:
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This work was supported by the UCLA Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Institute of Mental Health, the National renter for Health Services Research, and the Mississippi Department of Mental Health. The authors thank Randy Hendrix, Ph.D., and Jan Duker, Ph.D.; the community services staff of the Mississippi Department of Mental Health; Joe Blakeney and the staff of Mississippi State Hospital; and CMHC directors Winfield Belgard, Jeffrey Bennett, Duncan Clark, Newton Dodson, William Livingston, Gilbert Macvaugh, Steve Roark, Michael Roberts, and Robin Young.

RAND Corporation; West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical, Center (Brentwood Division; RAND Corporation, 1700 Main Street, Santa Monica, California 90407

University of California, Los Angeles

UCLA Robert Wood, Johnson Clinical Scholars Program

1992 by the American Psychiatric Association

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improving the quality of life of persons with chronic mental illness is becoming an important treatment goal. in this study, 101 former acute care psychiatric inpatients with serious mental illness who were living in Mississippi communities were interviewed using portions of Lehman's Quality of Life interview. A particular focus was whether clinical characteristics, such as medication compliance and social skills, that could be changed by interventions were associated with patients' ratings of their quality of life. Self-reports of better quality of life were associated with fewer depressive symptoms, fewer medication side effects, and better family interactions. Results indicate that clinical interventions to improve quality of life in this population should include family psychoeducational programs and better detection, evaluation, and treatment of both depressive symptoms and side effects of medication.

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