Subjective and objective dimensions of quality of life in psychiatric patients: a factor analytical approach: The South Verona Outcome Project 4
- RUGGERI Mirella, et al
- Journal article citation:
- British Journal of Psychiatry, 178, March 2001, pp.268-275.
- Royal College of Psychiatrists
Explores the role of subjective and objective Quality Of Life dimensions and their cross-sectional and longitudinal predictors. The relationship between QQL, as measured by the Lancashire Quality Of Life Profile (LQL), and demographic variables, diagnosis, psychopathology, disability, functioning, affect balance, self-esteem, service use and service satisfaction was investigated at two points in time, using factor analysis and multiple regression techniques. Concludes that subjective and objective data are distinct types of information. Objective measures may be more suitable in detecting treatment effects. Subjective information is necessary to complete the QQL picture and to enhance the interpretation of objective data.