Subject and observer-rated quality of life in schizophrenia
Version of Record online: 20 DEC 2001
Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Volume 103, Issue 5, pages 387–392, May 2001
How to Cite
Fitzgerald, P. B., Williams, C. L., Corteling, N., Filia, S. L., Brewer, K., Adams, A., De Castella, A. R. A., Rolfe, T., Davey, P. and Kulkarni, J. (2001), Subject and observer-rated quality of life in schizophrenia. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 103: 387–392. doi: 10.1034/j.1600-0447.2001.00254.x
- Issue online: 20 DEC 2001
- Version of Record online: 20 DEC 2001
- Accepted for publication October 27, 2000
- quality of life;
Objective: We aimed to explore the relationship between objectively rated quality of life and subjective measures of social functioning and life satisfaction.
Method: Participants of the Schizophrenia Care and Assessment Program (SCAP) study at Dandenong in Australia were included in this analysis. Subjective ratings of several domains of social functioning and life satisfaction were taken from the SCAP instrument and comparisons made with data from the Quality of Life scale rated by research staff as well as several psychopathology measures.
Results: Subjectively reported life satisfaction was not related to positive or negative symptoms of schizophrenia but did correlate with depressive symptoms. Quality of Life scale measures correlated with negative symptoms on most domains. There was very limited overlap in domain items between the life satisfaction and quality of life measures.
Conclusion: Life satisfaction and objectively rated quality of life are not closely related and appear to have different determinants in patients with schizophrenia.