Department of Social Work
Quality of life in people with mental illness in non-residential community mental health services in Hong Kong
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.
Community mental health services, Hong Kong; Mental disorders, Quality of life, Schizophrenia
Source Publication Title
East Asian Archives of Psychiatry
Hong Kong Academy of Medicine Press
Ng, Yat Nam Petrus, Jiayan Pan, Paul Lam, and Aex Leung. "Quality of life in people with mental illness in non-residential community mental health services in Hong Kong." East Asian Archives of Psychiatry 24.2 (2014): 43-50.