Gerald Dcosta1, Sumit Chandak2, Deepak Khismatrao3
Schizophrenia management includes interventions like medications, psychosocial support and rehabilitation efforts. Along with treatment, improvement in Quality of Life (QOL) is the goal of psychiatrist in managing schizophrenia patients.
The aim of the study is to find whether sociodemographic factors, type of medications prescribed and family support plays any role in improving QOL in schizophrenia.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
Our study was conducted in tertiary care hospital on 40 outpatients between 21-60 years clinically stable and suffering from schizophrenia for more than 2 years. A semi-structured questionnaire and self-administered disease specific Schizophrenia Quality of Life Scale (SQLS) was used to collect data.
Study shows that employed and married individuals have better QOL, while contrastingly patients with higher education had low QOL.
Study also highlights that family support is key to improved perceived QOL and type of medications used by psychiatrists does not influence QOL.