Chapter 4. Quality of Life in Illness and Health

  1. Ihsan M. Salloum Professor of Psychiatry Director4,5 and
  2. Juan E. Mezzich Professor of Psychiatry Director Past President6,7
  1. Heinz Katschnig Professor1,
  2. Raluca Sfetcu Professor2 and
  3. Norman Sartorius Professor3

Published Online: 11 MAY 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470743485.ch4

Psychiatric Diagnosis: Challenges and Prospects

Psychiatric Diagnosis: Challenges and Prospects

How to Cite

Katschnig, H., Sfetcu, R. and Sartorius, N. (2009) Quality of Life in Illness and Health, in Psychiatric Diagnosis: Challenges and Prospects (eds I. M. Salloum and J. E. Mezzich), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470743485.ch4

Editor Information

  1. 4

    Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse: Treatment and Research, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, FL, USA

  2. 5

    Section on Classification, Diagnostic Assessment and Nomenclature, World Psychiatric Association, FL, USA

  3. 6

    International Center for Mental Health and Division of Psychiatric Epidemiology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York University, NY, USA

  4. 7

    World Psychiatric Association, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Social Psychiatry, Vienna, Austria

  2. 2

    Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

  3. 3

    University of Geneva, Switzerland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 MAY 2009
  2. Published Print: 27 MAR 2009

Book Series:

  1. World Psychiatric Association Evidence and Experience in Psychiatry Series

Book Series Editors:

  1. Helen Herrman

Series Editor Information

  1. WPA Secretary for Publications, University of Melbourne, Australia

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470725696

Online ISBN: 9780470743485



  • quality of life in illness and health;
  • quality of life concept in medicine;
  • health-related quality of life (HRQL);
  • quality of life axis in multiaxial psychiatric classification and person-centred integrative diagnostic model (PID);
  • quality of life concept in relation to mental health;
  • psychiatric patient's quality of life assessment and interventions in clinical practice;
  • Qol instrument for psychiatric disorders - Wisconsin Quality of Life Index (W-QLI);
  • complex Qol instruments and appropriate interventions;
  • comprehensive model of action oriented assessment of quality of life in depression;
  • patient's subjective experience of Qol and evaluations of effects of care interventions - improving and humanizing health care


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The Rise of the Quality of Life Concept in Medicine

  • The Concept of Quality of Life in Relation to Mental Health

  • From Assessment to Action

  • Conclusion

  • Note

  • References