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Title: The influence of antipsychotics on the quality of life of patients with schizophrenia in a long-stay psychiatric facility
Authors: Petrović-Kitić A.
Jankovic, Slobodan
Issue Date: 2014
Abstract: Introduction: Many factors concomitantly infl uence the quality of life of patients with schizophrenia in a long-stay psychiatric facility. Th e appropriate selection of antipsychotics and the intensity of their adverse eff ects exert a signifi cant infl uence on the quality of life of these patients. Th e aim of this study was to identify the infl uence of antipsychotic-related factors on the quality of life of patients with schizophrenia. Methods: Th e study included 102 benefi ciaries at the Institute for Accommodation of Adults Male Pčelice in Kragujevac. Th e patients were interviewed on in one day using the questionnaire issued by the World Health Organization. Th e specifi ed data were obtained from the health fi les of the benefi ciaries. We performed a comparison between patients receiving only atypical antipsychotics, typical antipsychotics or a combination thereof. Results: Th e patients who were receiving only atypical antipsychotics demonstrated better physical health quality of life scores in comparison to those who received combined antipsychotics (77.14 vs. 68.57; U = 332.0; p = 0.02). A statistically signifi cant difference in the mental health quality of life domain was observed between groups of patients receiving various antipsychotic treatments (31.96 vs. 55.27 vs. 49.46; c2 = 7.02; p = 0.03). Conclusion: Patients in a long-stay psychiatric facility who received atypical antipsychotics demonstrated a better quality of life in comparison to those who received typical antipsychotics, possibly due to the superior safety profi le of atypical antipsychotics and a greater feeling of individual contentment.
Type: article
DOI: 10.2478/SJECR-2014-0012
ISSN: 1820-8665
SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-84903533029
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Medical Sciences, Kragujevac

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