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Ethnographic insights into the quality of life and experiences of people living with schizophrenia in Harare, Zimbabwe

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Chidarikire, S and Cross, M and Skinner, I and Cleary, M, Ethnographic insights into the quality of life and experiences of people living with schizophrenia in Harare, Zimbabwe, Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 42, (1) pp. 65-78. ISSN 0161-2840 (2021) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1080/01612840.2020.1770385

Abstract

Schizophrenia is a complex and severe mental disorder affecting more than 20 million people worldwide. This study used focused ethnography to explore the everyday lives of 18 people living with schizophrenia in Zimbabwe and its impact on their quality of life (QOL). Data were collected using semi-structured interviews, observational fieldwork, and the short form of the World Health Organization QOL-BREF questionnaire. Those aged 20-40 years experienced poorer QOL than older people. Family dislocation, living with stigma and discrimination, cost of medications and limited and variable access to treatment and support disrupted participants' ability to enjoy life and function socially.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:ethnographic, mental health, quality of life, schizophrenia
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Mental health services
UTAS Author:Chidarikire, S (Mr Shep Chidarikire)
UTAS Author:Cross, M (Dr Merylin Cross)
UTAS Author:Cleary, M (Professor Michelle Cleary)
ID Code:139842
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Nursing
Deposited On:2020-07-08
Last Modified:2021-01-27
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