Patient Satisfaction and Quality of Life in People with Schizophrenia-Spectrum Disorders in a Rural Area

  • Manuel Furrer
  • Nurith Juliane Jakob
  • Katja Cattapan-Ludewing
  • Azizi Seixas
  • Christian G. Huber
  • Andres R. Schneeberger
Original Article


People suffering from schizophrenia-spectrum disorders often endorse a reduced quality of life (QoL) as compared to the general population. There appears to be a lack of studies for rural catchment areas for this patient population. We conducted a cross-sectional study with 94 people with schizophrenia-spectrum disorders in a mainly rural alpine area. We used multilevel models controlled for covariates to analyze the data. Total service satisfaction was associated with psychological aspects of subjective QoL and physical well-being in our model. Variables characterizing autonomy and empowerment of the person seem crucial concerning the QoL in this population.


Subjective well-being Schizophrenia Schizoaffective disorder Patient satisfaction Rural area 


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Conflict of interest

We declare that all persons involved in this research project did not have any potential conflict or financial support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Psychiatrische Dienste GraubündenMoritzSwitzerland
  2. 2.Sanatorium KilchbergKilchbergSwitzerland
  3. 3.Division of Population HealthNYU School of Medicine, Center for Healthful Behavior ChangeNew YorkUSA
  4. 4.Universitäre Psychiatrische Kliniken, Universität BaselBaselSwitzerland

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