- Health-related quality of life (HRQL) measures subjects perceived well-being and functioning in physical, mental and social domains of life. In mental health nursing there is a need for improving knowledge of how life dissatisfaction, as an indicator of poor mental health, is associated and impacts on HRQL.
- In the present study, both long-term and concurrent life dissatisfaction (Life satisfaction scale; LS-4) were found to have a strong adverse impact on HRQL in the general population.
- Screening of life dissatisfaction with only four items may help mental health nurses to identify service users with poor HRQL or those at risk of it, and then investigating HRQL particularly among the dissatisfied service users would provide information on the domains and factors that most require intervention.
- Monitoring of life satisfaction and HRQL in mental health nursing practice or in primary care can help nurses to cooperate with service users in promoting their mental, physical or social well-being and functioning and in alleviating adverse consequences of disease.