Course Description: This course is based upon material published in the Annals of General Psychiatry and is available at biomed central as an open access article.
Background: Quality of life (QoL) is increasingly recognized as a critical outcome parameter in mental health studies. The aim of this study was to investigate different domains of the QoL in persons with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) before and after a multimodal, disorder-specific in- and outpatient treatment.
Methods: Data of 73 persons with OCD treated in an inpatient setting followed by outpatient treatment were analyzed. The World Health Organization Quality of Life abbreviated (a multidimensional measure of the QoL) and the Beck Depression Inventory were administered prior to (baseline) and 12 months after the inpatient treatment (follow-up).
Results: At baseline, participants reported a significantly diminished psychological, social, physical, and global QoL compared to the German general population. Environmental QoL was not impaired in the present sample. The QoL was significantly improved at follow-up, except for social QoL, but remained below norm values. The QoL improvement was predicted by improvements of depressive symptoms.
Conclusions: The results indicate that persons with OCD suffer from a very low QoL. The QoL was significantly improved after 12 months of intensive state-of-the-art treatment. However, the QoL indices remained considerably lower than population norm values, indicating the need for additional research into novel treatment options for persons with OCD.
This course on quality of life for patients with obsessive compulsive disorder is designed for professional counselors, social workers, psychologists, nurses, and other licensed professionals who do clinical work. This course is appropriate for beginning, intermediate and advanced level practitioners who wish to develop their understanding of obsessive compulsive disorder. The course material includes a literature review of interventions. It may also be useful for licensed clinicians who require clinical continuing education courses for license renewal.
The course is based on a journal article which includes research. As such it contains statistical analysis and data which some clinicians enjoy reading and others do not. One of the benefits of reading research based articles for continuing education is that it allows the practitioner to keep current on the latest findings in their field.
Authors: Hertenstein et al
Learning Objectives: This course will provide the practitioner with detailed information regarding the quality of life changes associated with treatment of patients with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Specifically, a professional will:
• Describe outcomes after treatment for OCD
• Identify the quality of life levels of individuals with OCD.
• Identify cognitive behavioral treatment that may improve quality of life in OCD patients.
Citation: Hertenstein, Thiel, Herbst, Freyer, Nissen, Kulz and Voderholzer (2013).
Quality of life changes following inpatient and outpatient treatment in obsessive-compulsive disorder: a study with 12 months follow-up. Annals of General Psychiatry 2013, 12:4. Reviewed by TM DiDona, PhD 2018 and found to be current. For a full list of current references, please Click Here