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Current Psychiatry Research and Reviews


ISSN (Print): 2666-0822
ISSN (Online): 2666-0830

Review Article

Quality of Life in Family Caregivers of Patients with Schizophrenia: A Narrative Review

Author(s): Jes Sebastian Völker* and Ioana Valentina Micluția

Volume 17, Issue 4, 2021

Published on: 28 December, 2021

Page: [231 - 234] Pages: 4

DOI: 10.2174/2666082217666211210102029

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Abstract: Care for schizophrenia patients over the past few decades has shifted from inpatient treatment in mental institutions towards outpatient treatment options. While this has the potential to allow patients a more regular life with the ability to work and socialize, it has increased the burden on family caregivers. This state-of-the-art narrative review summarizes the most important factors, besides the clinical symptoms of schizophrenia, that impact the quality of life of caregivers negatively. These factors include the impact of the disease on household income and socioeconomic status, anxiety, stigma, negative changes in family dynamics as well as an overall reduction of social and family contacts.

Keywords: Anxiety, caretakers, quality of life, relatives, schizophrenia, stigma.

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