Thirty treatment-resistant patients with a primary DSM-IV diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive disorder were assessed at admission to and discharge from a partial hospitalization program to determine whether improvement in symptoms of the disorder was associated with improvements in patients' quality of life. Symptom severity was measured using the Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale (YBOCS). Quality of life was measured using Lehman's Quality of Life (QOL) scale, which includes several objective and subjective indexes. YBOCS scores significantly improved with treatment, as did scores on the majority of the QOL subjective indexes and on the objective social, health, and activity indexes. No significant association between changes in YBOCS scores and QOL scores was found.