Quality of Life in People with Mental Illness in Non-residential Community Mental Health Services in Hong Kong

Petrus Y N Ng*, Jiayan Pan, Paul Lam, Alex Leung

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    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
    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
    • 社区精神健康服务
    • 香港
    • 精神病
    • 生活质量
    • 精神分裂症


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