Gender and treatment comparisons in a cohort of patients with psychiatric disorders

Tommy Nordén1, Bo Ivarsson2, Ulf Malm3, Torsten Norlander4
1Evidence Research and Development Centre and Karlstad University
2Borås Hospital and Karlstad University
3Sahlgrenska University Hospital
4Karlstad University
Cite this article:  Nordén, T., Ivarsson, B., Malm, U., & Norlander, T. (2011). Gender and treatment comparisons in a cohort of patients with psychiatric disorders. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 39, 1073-1086.

Volume 39 Issue 8 | e2194 | Published: September 2011 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2011.39.8.1073

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Our purpose in this study was to make group comparisons of the Swedish psychiatric patient cohort called Quality Star. The present study included 1,376 patients, 753 men and 623 women, recruited from 9 outpatient clinics over the space of 6 years. All participants had serious mental illnesses, of which patients with a schizophrenia spectrum disorder were the majority. The 4 aspects studied were consumer satisfaction, life quality, social function, and symptoms. The study had 2 main outcomes: (a) women were more satisfied with the health care and had better functioning than men, (b) patients treated according to the Integrated Care Program had better functioning and less severe symptoms than other patients. The differences between diagnosis groups were as expected.

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