Evid Based Nurs doi:10.1136/eb-2012-101050
  • Mental health
  • Cross-sectional study

In individuals with schizophrenia, duration and severity of mental illness, health status, mutuality, employment and household income influence quality of life

  1. Matthew M Kurtz
  1. Department of Psychology, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, USA
  1. Correspondence to : Dr Matthew M Kurtz
    Department of Psychology, Judd Hall, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT 06459, USA, mkurtz{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • The quality of relationships with caregivers should be considered by clinicians as a means for improving the quality of life (QoL) of individuals with schizophrenia.

  • The current findings suggest that family therapy may have substantial benefit for individuals with schizophrenia's sense of well-being as well.

  • Future research should aim to measure several key illness domains linked to subjective life satisfaction such as illness insight and skills in cognitive function to clarify the role of caregiver relationships to other closely linked …

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