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

Chidarikire, S ORCID: 0000-0002-8250-9876, Cross, M ORCID: 0000-0001-5526-4650, Skinner, I and Cleary, M ORCID: 0000-0002-1453-4850 2020 , 'Ethnographic insights into the quality of life and experiences of people living with schizophrenia in Harare, Zimbabwe' , Issues in Mental Health Nursing , pp. 1-14 , doi: 10.1080/01612840.2020.1770385.

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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 Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Chidarikire, S and Cross, M and Skinner, I and Cleary, M
Keywords: ethnographic, mental health, quality of life, schizophrenia
Journal or Publication Title: Issues in Mental Health Nursing
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc.
ISSN: 0161-2840
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/01612840.2020.1770385
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