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The impact of group therapy on Quality of Life as a clinical outcome

There is increasing support for the consideration of an individual’s Quality of Life (QoL) when measuring clinical outcome in group therapy. QoL in a mental health setting refers to the way which an individual perceives the impacts of a health condition and its treatment on daily functioning and living. QoL has been shown to be a useful measure of clinical outcome following individual psychotherapy. Research by Swan and colleagues (2009) suggests that QoL should also be an important focus in group therapy. However there has been limited research supporting its value in group therapy across different psychiatric populations and group types. The present study aims to look at changes of QoL impairment following group therapy for different psychiatric disorders. There has been suggestion that QoL is a redundant measure as it is strongly correlated with measures of symptoms and affective state. This study also aims to further explore the relationship between QoL and symptomatology. Based on previous research by Swan, Watson & Nathan (2009) it is assume that QoL will benefit as a result of group therapy and that assessing QoL is useful and provides additional information to symptom and affective state measures. This study will provide further research on QoL in individuals with various psychiatric disorders, changes in QoL as a result of group therapy, and implications for QoL in a clinical setting.

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December 2013


Jaymie White (Masters)
Dr Rodrigo Becerra

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