A fascinating and worthy text that presents new insights into a hugely important area of mental health.
Health-related quality of life (HRQL) impairment is a core domain of prevalent mental disorders such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective, mood and anxiety disorders.
The authors present a new conceptual framework for this field by explaining how HRQL impairment arises from interactions between various multidimensional factors.
They suggest several ways in which further research could enhance our understanding of HRQL impairment, its biological basis, and its relevance to psychopathology.
The work includes brand new, highly revealing insights from neuroscience.
Readers will also find discussion of the current findings, issues and concerns regarding instruments for measuring HRQL, and quality of life impairment in specific mental disorders.
This essay collection, written by leading researchers in this field presents a comprehensive framework for analyzing HRQL impairment in both theoretical and practical aspects.
Researchers, health care providers, policymakers in mental health care and rehabilitation
From the reviews:
"Health-related quality of life (HRQOL) is certainly a construct with legs. … The editors are very successful in covering a broad scope of information, allowing readers … to fill in the gaps of their understanding about HRQOL concepts and methodology. This may be the greatest contribution of this book … . There are a number of wonderful chapters that many researchers will find quite useful. … I’m glad to have this resource in my library and will recommend it to my colleagues." (Charles E. Drebing, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 53 (13), 2008)
"The best cumulative work on the topic of health-related quality of life (HRQL) with regard to severe mental health diagnoses. … This collaborative text adds to the knowledge about HRQL and encourages the reader to consider quality of life as a measurement of success. … Technically, the book is well written and edited as well as attractively printed. … it will be useful for all researchers of quality-of-life issues and particularly so for specialists in behavioral health." (Mark H. Fleisher, JAMA, Vol. 300 (4), July, 2008)
Part One Key Methodological Issues
1. The Distress/Protection Vulnerability Model of the quality of life impairment syndrome: current evidence and new directions for research, Ritsner MS; 2. Role of dopamine in pleasure, reward and subjective responses to drugs: the neuropsychopharmacology of quality of life in schizophrenia, Voruganti L.N.P., and Awad A.G.; 3. Neuroendocrine functions, mood and quality of life, Mazza, M., and Mazza, S; 4. In the Eyes of the Beholder: Neuronal mediators for the effect of emotional experience on quality of life, Hendler T, Admon R., and Papo D.; 5. Cross-cultural quality of life research in mental health: conceptual approaches, assessment strategies, empirical results and potential impact, Bullinger M, Schmidt S, and Naber D.; 6. Measuring the value of health-related quality of life, Hawthorne G; 7. Comparison of instruments for measuring quality of life impairment syndrome in severe mental disorders: Q-LES-Q versus QLS and LQOLP, Ritsner MS; 8. Integrative bottom-up approach to quality of life measurement, Pukrop R and Bechdolf A;
Part Two Quality of Life Impairment Syndrome in Severe Mental Disorders
9. Health related quality of life in subjects at risk for a first episode of psychosis, Bechdolf, A., Veith, V, Pukrop, R., Klosterkötter J; 10. Quality of life impairment syndrome in schizophrenia, Ritsner MS and Gibel A; 11.Insight and quality of life in schizophrenia spectrum disorders: An examination of their paradoxical relationship, Lysaker PH, and Louanne D; 12. Quality of life and major depression: current findings and future perspectives, Berlim MT, and Fleck MPA; 13. Quality of life impairment in bipolar disorder, Michalak EE, Murray G, Young AH and Lam RW; 14. Quality of life impairment in anxiety disorders, Koury MA and Rapaport MH; 15. Quality of life in in obsessive-compulsive disorder, Bobes J, García-Portilla MP, Bascaran M-T, Saiz P-A, Bobes-Bascaran M-T, Bousoño M;
Part Three Treatment and Rehabilitation Issues
16. Antipsychotic medications, schizophrenia and the issue of quality of life, Awad A.G., and Voruganti L.N.P.; 17. Quality of life outcomes of ECT, Rosenquist PB, and McCall WV.; 18. Quality of life in mental health services, Evans S.; 19. Subjective quality of life in relation to psychiatric rehabilitation and daily life, Eklund M.; 20. Cost-utility analysis: research and practical applications, Dernovsek MZ, Rupel VP, and Tavcar R.; INDEX