Perceived stigmatisation of patients with mental illness and its psychosocial correlates: a prospective cohort study
WT Chien, SWC Chan, FKK Yeung, HFK Chiu, BFL Ng
School of Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
1. Perceived stigmatisation of patients with severe mental illness (SMI) was moderate and increased significantly over 1 year.
2. Patients’ perceptions of stigmatisation and their re-hospitalisation, together with mediating factors (eg patients’ functioning and self-esteem at recruitment, mental state, and family expressed emotion at 1-year follow-up) can predict illness relapse.
3. Development of community-based mental health care for SMI patients and their families is recommended.