Chronic mental patients: the quality of life issue

Am J Psychiatry. 1982 Oct;139(10):1271-6. doi: 10.1176/ajp.139.10.1271.


Quality of life issues must be addressed more vigorously in the care of chronic mental patients. In a survey of 30 large board-and-care homes in Los Angeles, 278 mentally disabled residents described their life conditions and satisfaction in eight areas: living situation, family relations, social relations, leisure activities, work, finances, safety, and health. Residents were less satisfied than the general population in most life areas, especially finances, unemployment, safety, and family and social relations (p less than .001). Of particular concern was the finding that 34% had been recent victims of crime. The results underscore the need for better social programs for these patients.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude to Health
  • Chronic Disease
  • Deinstitutionalization
  • Family
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Leisure Activities
  • Male
  • Marriage
  • Mental Disorders / psychology*
  • Mental Disorders / rehabilitation
  • Personal Satisfaction
  • Quality of Life*
  • Residential Facilities
  • Social Adjustment
  • Unemployment