The effects of an outpatient wellness program on subjective quality of life in people with psychiatric disabilities.

The shift in care for individuals with psychiatric disabilities from the psychiatric hospital to the community has been accompanied by an increased emphasis on the measurement of quality of life (QOL) for these clients. It is the goal of this paper to measure the impact of a voluntary outpatient wellness program on individuals’ self-reports of QOL over time. QOL for 49 wellness center participants was assessed at baseline, three months, and six months. There was a significant increase in QOL over the assessment period, particularly for those participants who used the center’s services more frequently. Limitations and future directions are discussed.