Functional outcomes

What are functional outcomes?

Functional outcomes refer to aspects of general life and day-to-day function that may be impacted as a consequence of illness-related impairments. For example, symptom severity has been significantly associated with community functioning, including social functioning, work performance, and social skills. Impaired social cognition may impact on functional outcome in terms of maintaining efficient social interactions and independent living skills. Interventions to improve symptom severity or cognitive impairments may have additional benefit for general functional outcomes.

What is the evidence for functional outcomes?

Moderate quality evidence found around 16% of people with bipolar disorder are estimated to function at a high level. High quality evidence found poor cognitive ability across multiple domains is associated with worse general functioning. Moderate to low quality evidence found a relationship between poor emotion identification and regulation and poor general functioning, particularly in people with more severe depressive symptoms.

February 2020

Last updated at: 5:31 am, 24th February 2020
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