Quality of life in people with mental illness in non-residential community mental health services in Hong Kong

Petrus Y N NG*, Jiayan PAN, P. Lam, A. Leung

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Abstract

Objective: To identify the subjective quality of life in people with chronic mental health problems who were in non-residential community mental health services, and to investigate factors affecting their quality of life after the illness. Methods: People with mental illness (n = 105) were recruited. They were assessed with the self-rated Hong Kong Chinese version of the World Health Organization Quality of Life Brief questionnaire. Results: The participants had lower total quality-of-life and the 4 domain scores of the questionnaire than the general population. They were particularly dissatisfied with their financial situation. Duration of illness was positively correlated with subjective quality-of-life variables while age at onset of the mental illness was negatively correlated with subjective quality of life, in particular the physical health, psychological health, and environmental domains. Conclusion: This study highlighted the significance of duration and age at onset of illness in subjective quality of life of people with mental illness. A longitudinal study to test the causal relationships between these factors and the quality of life in people with mental illness is recommended.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-50
Number of pages8
JournalEast Asian Archives of Psychiatry
Volume24
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

User-Defined Keywords

  • Community mental health services
  • Hong Kong
  • Mental disorders
  • Quality of life
  • Schizophrenia

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