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The long-stay psychiatric patient as consumer
Psychiatric bulletin of the Royal College of Psychiatrists
"Quality of life" (QOL) appears intrinsically important but difficult to measure. As a mental health professional, one might wish to know whether patients moving from the security of hospital to "the community" improve their QOL, or to evaluate their QOL against that of other groups in society. Simply looking at symptom change or economic cost-benefit misses much of the point behind innovations in psychiatric services. From previous QOL assessments (e.g. Lehman, 1983) one would focus upondoi:10.1192/pb.15.11.662 fatcat:ubew27meo5cybecgxolihojkki