by Patricia Velloso, Cinthia Piccinato, Ygor Ferrão, Eduardo Aliende Perina, Raony Cesar, Leonardo F. Fontenelle, Ana G. Hounie, and Maria Conceição do Rosário
In one of the largest samples of adult OCD patients, Brazilian researchers explored the effects of the disorder on quality of life. As a group, the 575 sampled patients reported significantly lower quality of life scores than the general population across all dimensions, save physical functioning. The most affected aspects were mental health, vitality, and emotional role. Ratings of quality of life did not differ according to age of onset or treatment, but illness duration, severity, chronicity, and the presence of co-morbid disorders did significantly lower quality of life ratings. After treatment, quality of life ratings improved across all dimensions, although not to the same levels as the general population. Author Dr. Maria Conceição do Rosário is a past recipient of a research grant award from the IOCDF (2001).