Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Social Work

Title

Quality of life in people with mental illness in non-residential community mental health services in Hong Kong

Language

English

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To identify the subjective quality of life in people with chronic mental health problems who were in non-residential community mental health services, and to investigate factors affecting their quality of life after the illness. METHODS: People with mental illness (n = 105) were recruited. They were assessed with the self-rated Hong Kong Chinese version of the World Health Organization Quality of Life Brief questionnaire. RESULTS: The participants had lower total quality-of-life and the 4 domain scores of the questionnaire than the general population. They were particularly dissatisfied with their financial situation. Duration of illness was positively correlated with subjective quality-of-life variables while age at onset of the mental illness was negatively correlated with subjective quality of life, in particular the physical health, psychological health, and environmental domains. CONCLUSION: This study highlighted the significance of duration and age at onset of illness in subjective quality of life of people with mental illness. A longitudinal study to test the causal relationships between these factors and the quality of life in people with mental illness is recommended.

Keywords

Community mental health services, Hong Kong; Mental disorders, Quality of life, Schizophrenia

Publication Date

2014

Source Publication Title

East Asian Archives of Psychiatry

Volume

24

Issue

2

Start Page

43

End Page

50

Publisher

Hong Kong Academy of Medicine Press

ISSN (print)

20789947

ISSN (electronic)

22247041

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