© 2016

Beyond Assessment of Quality of Life in Schizophrenia

  • A. George Awad
  • Lakshmi N.P. Voruganti

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Basic and Conceptual Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Mary V. Seeman
      Pages 3-13
    3. Sofia Brissos, Guilherme Pereira, Vicent Balanzá-Martinez
      Pages 25-51
  3. Methodological Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. María Teresa Bobes-Bascarán, María Paz García-Portilla, Pilar A. Sáiz Martínez, Leticia García-Alvarez, Isabel Menéndez-Miranda, Susana Al-Halabí et al.
      Pages 65-77
    3. Laurent Boyer, Karine Baumstarck, Pascal Auquier
      Pages 79-94
    4. Iris de Wit, Lieuwe de Haan, Inez Myin-Germeys
      Pages 95-102
  4. Beyond Assessment of Quality of Life in Schizophrenia

  5. Reinventing Quality of Life in Schizophrenia

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 217-217

About this book


This book fills a significant research gap in how to integrate quality of life data into relevant clinical care plans, and to broaden its applicability to pharmacoeconomic studies of antipsychotic medications and health policy decision-making. It also presents an argument for reformulating the concept of health-related quality of life in schizophrenia as a bio-psycho-social construct, which provides an opportunity to better explore the many factors underpinning the concept itself. 

Internationally renowned experts from different scientific backgrounds and scopes of expertise each make arguments for the need to invigorate quality of life as a concept in schizophrenia, by broadening its usefulness for clinical and research efforts. The book represents an important addition to the extensive contributions of its editors, Dr. A. George Awad and Dr. Lakshmi N.P. Voruganti, to the field of quality of life.


Conceptual Models Cultural Adaptation Electronic Technology Outcomes Psychopathology Scale Development Social Cognition Integration of quality of life assessments in care plans Public health policy and Pharmacoeconomics

Editors and affiliations

  • A. George Awad
    • 1
  • Lakshmi N.P. Voruganti
    • 2
  1. 1.PsychiatryUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Western OntarioLondonCanada

About the editors

Dr. A. George Awad is a professor emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry and the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto, Canada. Until recently, Dr. Awad served as the Founding President of the International Society of CNS Clinical Trials Methodology, and also as the Psychiatrist-in-Chief of Humber River Hospital, in Toronto. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Canadian College of Neuropsychopharmacology Medal for meritorious contributions to neuropsychopharmacology, the Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Award for distinguished researcher in schizophrenia, and, recently, the Andrew C. Leon Distinguished Career Award in CNS clinical trial methodology and neurosciences. Over his forty-five years of academic and research contributions, Dr. Awad dedicated his research focus on the “person” behind the illness and the outcomes that matter most to the patient.

Dr. Lakshmi N.P. Voruganti joined Dr. Awad as both a Master’s and PhD candidate, and made significant contributions exploring and extending Dr. Awad’s early research contributions, particularly in the area of neurobiology of subjective tolerability to antipsychotic medications. After gaining his PhD degree, he pursued an independent clinical research career as an associate professor at the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada and, later, at McMaster’s University in Hamilton, Ontario. At present, he is a practicing psychiatrist at Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Beyond Assessment of Quality of Life in Schizophrenia
  • Editors A. George Awad
    Lakshmi N.P. Voruganti
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Adis, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-30059-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-80715-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-30061-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 224
  • Number of Illustrations 6 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Psychopharmacology
    Quality of Life Research
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“The purpose is to advocate for refining conceptually the idea of quality of life in schizophrenia, bridging the present gaps and going beyond measurements to its significant applications in impacting clinical care and health economics. … It is relevant for researchers evaluating treatment efficacy in terms of quality of life changes and clinicians who need to look beyond symptom reduction and how treatment affects the life of these individuals.” (Michael Easton, Doody's Book Reviews, November, 2016)