Quality of life: the patient’s perspective
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Quality of life: the patient’s perspective

Michael Murphy Assistant Director of Nursing Services
Brian McCrum Principal Clinical Psychologist
Oran Keenan Community Psychiatric Nurse, Holywell Hospital, Antrim, Northern Ireland

The quality of life for long-term psychiatric patients in the community is an area of concern for those charged with their care. Variability in community mental health services suggests that those discharged from large psychiatric hospitals may experience a deterioration in life satisfaction, hi this article, the authors describe a study designed to provide a baseline by which patients' perceptions of life in hospital could be comprehensively compared with community life after discharge.

Nursing Standard. 5, 36, 29-31. doi: 10.7748/ns.5.36.29.s42

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