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Are they worth it? A systematic review of QOL instruments for use with mentally disordered offenders who have a diagnosis of psychosis

Helen Walker (Based at the University of the West of Scotland, Hamilton, UK)
Lindsay Tulloch (Based at The State Hospital, Lanark, UK)
Colin Martin (Based at the University of the West of Scotland, Ayr, UK)

The British Journal of Forensic Practice

ISSN: 1463-6646

Article publication date: 16 November 2012

Abstract

Purpose

Reports on quality of life (QOL) measures for forensic patients are severely limited. The present paper aims to consider how to assess chronic patient's well‐being and to identify and evaluate the content validity of measures used to assess health‐related QOL in psychosis.

Design/methodology/approach

A review was undertaken to gather information on the different QOL measures from relevant databases, exploring their strengths and weaknesses.

Findings

Results from the review indicate a broad range of assessment tools are used in practice, although very few have been used in forensic settings. A preference for subjective tools is emerging, in addition to patient rated scales as opposed to clinician rated scales.

Originality/value

The application of QOL measures in the forensic population is of particular interest and a relatively new area of study, thus of value to practicing clinicians. It is hoped that the use of appropriate tools will enhance understanding of the treatment and service needs for mentally disordered offenders.

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Citation

Walker, H., Tulloch, L. and Martin, C. (2012), "Are they worth it? A systematic review of QOL instruments for use with mentally disordered offenders who have a diagnosis of psychosis", The British Journal of Forensic Practice, Vol. 14 No. 4, pp. 252-268. https://doi.org/10.1108/14636641211283066

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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