Jonna Tolonen, Erika Jääskeläinen, Liisa Kiviniemi, Tuomas Majuri, Marianne Haapea, Jouko Miettunen & Kristiina Moilanen (2023) Functioning, psychiatric symptoms and quality of life of individuals with severe mental disorders after psychiatric rehabilitation, Nordic Journal of Psychiatry, DOI: 10.1080/08039488.2023.2262448
Functioning, psychiatric symptoms and quality of life of individuals with severe mental disorders after psychiatric rehabilitation
|Author:||Tolonen, Jonna1,2,3; Jääskeläinen, Erika2,3,4; Kiviniemi, Liisa5;|
1Humana Sähäkkä Ltd., Ylivieska, Finland
2Research Unit of Population Health, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
3Medical Research Center Oulu, Oulu University Hospital and University of Oulu
4Department of Psychiatry, Oulu University Hospital, Oulu, Finland
5Oulu University of Applied Sciences
|Persistent link:|| http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe20231017140488
|Publish Date:|| 2024-10-10
Purpose: Psychiatric disorders may have a negative effect on individuals’ living, forming intimate relationships, education, and employment. The aim of psychiatric rehabilitation is to promote recovery — finding ways to cope with mental disorders despite debilitating symptoms. This study aimed to explore the outcomes of accommodation, social inclusion, psychiatric symptoms, substance and service use, quality of life and subjective recovery of young adults with severe mental illness after psychiatric rehabilitation.
Materials and methods: The study population consisted of individuals who had been in residential psychiatric rehabilitation between the ages of 18–29 years. Data on outcomes were collected using a questionnaire after a flexible follow-up period (mean 29 months). The questionnaire was answered by 32 eligible persons. We analysed multiple outcomes and compared the proportion of persons living independently at the start, after psychiatric rehabilitation, and at the follow-up point.
Results: At the start of the rehabilitation, 33%, at the end, 69%, and at follow-up, 78% lived independently. However, most had not reached competitive employment nor were studying. Cognitive symptoms were the most common psychiatric symptoms, followed by depressive symptoms. More than 80% of the sample felt that they had partly recovered from their severe mental illness.
Conclusions: According to the results of this study residential psychiatric rehabilitation may have positive effects on functioning and independent living at follow-up. Reaching competitive employment is difficult for persons with severe mental disorders and effective rehabilitation interventions need to be implemented. However, this study had limitations, and these results should be considered preliminary.
Nordic journal of psychiatry
|Type of Publication:||
A1 Journal article – refereed
|Field of Science:||
3124 Neurology and psychiatry
This work was supported by Oulu University Hospital funding; the Academy of Finland [grant number 316563]; the Juho Vainio Foundation (author JM); Yrjö Jahnsson Foundation (author JM). The funders had no role in the study design, data collection, data analysis, interpretation of results or decision to publish the article.
|Academy of Finland Grant Number:||
316563 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
This is an Accepted Manuscript version of the following article, accepted for publication in Nordic Journal of Psychiatry. Jonna Tolonen, Erika Jääskeläinen, Liisa Kiviniemi, Tuomas Majuri, Marianne Haapea, Jouko Miettunen & Kristiina Moilanen (2023) Functioning, psychiatric symptoms and quality of life of individuals with severe mental disorders after psychiatric rehabilitation, Nordic Journal of Psychiatry, DOI: 10.1080/08039488.2023.2262448. It is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.