Chulalongkorn Medical Journal


Background : Quality of life (QOL) can be used to assess the treatment outcomes.No ranking of quality of life of Thai outpatients based on psychiatricdiagnosis was studied before.Objective : To study the quality of life of psychiatric outpatients of KingChulalongkorn Memorial Hospital and ranking of quality of life bydiagnosis.Setting : Psychiatric Outpatient Clinic at King Chulalongkorn MemorialHospital, Thai Red Cross Society of ThailandResearch design : Descriptive study.Material and Method : In this research, the quality of life of 113 psychiatric outpatient ofKing Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital, the Red Cross Society ofThailand was studied with WHOQOL-BREF-THAI. The studyanalyzes means, variances and the differences of averageswhether they significantly differ or not.Result : One hundred and thirteen outpatients, 44 males and 69 femaleswere recruited. Their average age was 47.14 ± 12.47 years old.The common diagnoses were schizophrenia, depression andgeneralized anxiety disorder. The average quality of life scores ofall patients were 97.54 ± 10.00. Panic disorder had the highestaverage score at 102 ± 12.61. Obsessive compulsive disorderhad mean scale at 93.00 ± 8.27 which is the lowest quality of lifeof other diagnostic. The QOL score of 43 schizophrenia were97.30 ± 10.34, compared to the 70 non-schizophrenia, whose,QOL score were 98.28 ± 9.64. Scores in both groups had nosignificant statistical difference.Conclusion : The outcome of interpretation of QOL scores showed thatthe overall quality of life of the patients was in the better level.The quality of life in diagnoses sort by order was panic disorder,depressive disorder, schizophrenia, generalized anxiety disorder,bipolar disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. The qualityof life of the schizophrenic did not differ from that of the nonschizophrenia.This study may demonstrate the treatment outcomesthat affect the improvement of the quality of life, even if it is aserious disease.


Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University

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