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Quality of life and mental health in Chinese culture
Xiang, YT1,2; Chiu, HFK1; Ungvari, GS1

Purpose of review 

Quality of life (QOL) has become a standard outcome measure in psychiatry. The QOL concept is culture-dependent, which means that the results of Western studies may not be applicable to Chinesepatients. The aim of this study is to summarize the recent literature on QOL and mental health inChinese culture. 

Recent findings 

QOL has increasingly been used as an outcome measure of pharmacotherapeutic or psychosocial interventions in Chinese societies. Recent studies have suggested that socio-cultural factors exert an influence on the QOL of Chinese psychiatric patients. Patients with major psychiatric disorders have a poorer QOL than the general population. Socio-demographic characteristics have no, or only weak, associations with QOL in schizophrenia, whereas novel antipsychotics and antidepressants improve QOL relative to traditional psychotropic medications in the short term. 


The inclusion of QOL measures in routine clinical practice and research in Chinese societies should be encouraged, and culture-sensitive QOL measures should be developed. Chinese psychiatry should also implement appropriate strategies and effective measures in line with the findings on the relationship between QOL and socio-demographic and clinical factors.

KeywordChinese Culture Quality Of Life Mental Health
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WOS Research AreaPsychiatry
WOS SubjectPsychiatry
WOS IDWOS:000272891700008
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionFaculty of Health Sciences
Affiliation1.Chinese Univ Hong Kong, Dept Psychiat, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Peoples R China
2.Capital Med Univ, Beijing Anding Hosp, Beijing, Peoples R China
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Xiang, YT,Chiu, HFK,Ungvari, GS. Quality of life and mental health in Chinese culture[J]. CURRENT OPINION IN PSYCHIATRY,2010,23(1):43-47.
APA Xiang, YT,Chiu, HFK,&Ungvari, GS.(2010).Quality of life and mental health in Chinese culture.CURRENT OPINION IN PSYCHIATRY,23(1),43-47.
MLA Xiang, YT,et al."Quality of life and mental health in Chinese culture".CURRENT OPINION IN PSYCHIATRY 23.1(2010):43-47.
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