Quality of life and burden in parents of outpatients with schizophrenia

  • Foldemo A
  • Gullberg M
  • Ek A
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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Since the late 1950s, several studies have reported the burden faced by families living with a mentally ill relative. These studies have pointed out the importance of a progressive mental health service, focusing not only on the treatment of the patients, but also on the needs of the relatives. The aims of the present study were to compare the quality of life of parents of outpatients with schizophrenia with a randomly selected reference group and the relation between quality of life and burden on the parents. SUBJECTS: The sample comprised all parents (n=38) of outpatients with schizophrenia at an outpatient clinic in 2001, where the patients had contact at least once a week with both parents and staff. The parents were compared with a reference group (n=698). METHODS: The self-rating scale Quality of Life Index (QLI) was used to assess quality of life in both groups. In the case of the parents, semistructured interviews were supplemented by the data collection to assess the degree of burden with the Burden Assessment Scale (BAS). The outpatients were also interviewed to assess their global function with the Global Assessment of Functioning scale (GAF) and the Clinical Global Impression scale (CGI). RESULTS: The parents were significantly less satisfied with their overall quality of life (p

Author-supplied keywords

  • Burden
  • Outpatients
  • Parents
  • Quality of life
  • Schizophrenia

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Authors

  • Anniqa Foldemo

  • Mats Gullberg

  • Anna Christina Ek

  • Lennart Bogren

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