Quality of life in schizophrenia: relationship to sociodemographic factors, symptomatology and tardive dyskinesia


E O'Callaghan, Cluain Mhuire Family Centre, Newtownpark Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland


The influence of sociodemographic, clinical and treatment factors on the quality of life of patients with schizophrenia has yet to be fully defined. We evaluated the quality of life of patients with schizophrenia who were attending a catchment area rehabilitation centre, in order to establish its clinical correlates. These patients had a poor to moderate quality of life which was inversely related to negative symptom severity, illness duration, the cumulative length of previous hospitalization and patient age. Patients residing in hostels or group homes had a poorer quality of life than those living independently or with their family. The presence of tardive dyskinesia was associated with a poorer quality of life. This association merits further invesigation.