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The quality of life in persons with severe and persistent mental illness is often poor. Most treatment programmes have the goal of increasing quality of life. Unfortunately, existing methods to assess quality of life are cumbersome and oriented towards research rather than clinical settings. This study describes preliminary steps in the development, testing(More)
A total of 684 primary care physicians in Wisconsin participated in a survey designed to explore their experiences of consulting with and referring patients to mental health care professionals. The respondents indicated that they had only moderate access to mental health care professionals, and even less access when a patient was covered by Medicare or(More)
The Wisconsin Quality of Life Index (W-QLI) is a multidimensional model for measuring quality of life. This model assumes that quality of life is comprised of 9 dimensions: life satisfaction, occupational activities, psychological well-being, physical health, social relations, economics, activities of daily living, symptoms, and the patient's own goals. The(More)
OBJECTIVE This study was an investigation of judgments regarding quality of life of individuals with severe mental disorders from two different perspectives: patient self-report versus provider. METHOD Judgments on several dimensions of quality of life were collected from a convenience sample of 37 schizophrenic patients and their primary clinicians by(More)
The antidepressant value of lithium augmentation was assessed in a 3-week open trial involving 24 adolescents who remained highly depressed after 6 weeks of treatment with imipramine hydrochloride. Two patients responded dramatically during the first week, with an additional eight patients showing partial improvement during the 3-week trial. The overall(More)
In view of the current controversy regarding the use of antidepressants in children and adolescents, we examined trends from 1994 to 2003 in the use of antidepressants, lithium, and anticonvulsants by enrollees, aged 5-17 years, of Kaiser Permanente in Northern California. We found that the use of antidepressants more than doubled from 9.4 per 1000(More)
  • R Diamond
  • 1985
Although research has established the effectiveness of antipsychotic drugs in treating schizophrenic patients, the issue of the quality of life of patients on longterm medication has not been as clearly determined. The patient's and clinician's understanding of this criterion, both objective and subjective, is discussed. Social functioning, acceptance of(More)
In this panel, principal members of seven leading simulation software companies discuss two important questions concerning the current and future status of simulation software. Suppose that a potential client asked you why they should buy your simulation software instead of another product. What are the specific features and capabilities of your software(More)