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Minerva Psichiatrica 2002 December;43(4):233-42

language: Italian

Psychotherapy, quality of life, satisfaction for service in schizophrenic patients. Which is the relationship?

Pesavento F., Degara G., Favaretto G.


Objective. Find out if there is an important relationship among psychotherapeutic treatment, quality of life and satisfaction for service in a group of outpatients with diagnosis of schizophrenia.
Methods. For this reason a comparison has been made between quality of life and satisfaction for service (II Psychiatric Service, Padua) in 19 schizophrenic outpatients, submitted to a psychotherapeutic supporting treatment, of psychodynamic type, and 23 patients with diagnosis of schizophrenia, submitted to routine outpatient treatment but not to the psychotherapeutic treatment. Two questionnaires have been given to these patients: the questionnaire concerning Quality of Life, and that one on User Satisfaction in a Mental Health Centre.
Results. The research has shown that in the examined patients it is not possible to find an important relationship between psychotherapy and quality of life, and between psychotherapy and satisfaction for service; but the analysis of the results shows a relation in the experimental group between psychotherapy and a more appropriate perception and consideration of onès quality of life, and between psychotherapy and the value given by patients to the psychiatric treatment, which is worth deepening.
Conclusions. Help coming from a psychotherapeutic treatment can be an important element in the perception of subjective effectiveness of the treatment received, also by seriously ill patients, that triggering a ''virtuous circle'' can positively influence the therapeutic relation, the compliance with treatments and lead to improvements in the symptomatology, social running and finally to the quality of life of the patient.

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