2001 issue 4


Volume 10, issue 4

Original article

Relationship between schizophrenic patients' quality of life and symptom severity

Andrzej Cechnicki1, MIGUEL VALDES2
1. Oddziału Dziennego Kliniki Psychiatrii Dorosłych Collegium Medicum Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego w Krakowie
2. Kliniki Psychiatrycznej w Monterrey (Meksyk)
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii, 2001, 10, 311-322
Keywords: quality of life, schizophrenia


In the focus of the authors' attention is the relation between psychopathological pattern of schizophrenia and the patients' quality of life. This relationship was studied in a group of 66 patients diagnosed with schizophrenia (by the DSM-III criteria) and followed up for 7 and 12 years since their first hospitalisation. Psychopathological picture of schizophrenia was described using the BPRS in the Californian revision, while quality of life was measured using the QOL scale by Lehman. Discussing their research findings the authors point to a different pattern of relationships between the psychopathological picture on the one hand and subjective and objective evaluation of the patients' quality of life on the other hand.

Address for correspondence:
Dr Andrzej Cechnicki,
Oddział Dzienny Kliniki Psychiatrii Dorosłych Collegium Medicum Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego,
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31-521 Kraków