Gender effects on outcomes of psychosomatic rehabilitation are reduced

Juliane Burghardt, Friedrich Riffer, Manuel Sprung

Research output: Journal article (peer-reviewed)Journal article

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OBJECTIVE: The study examined whether psychiatric/psychosomatic rehabilitation continues to have a better course of treatment for women than men.

METHODS: We compared the course of global symptom severity, health-related quality of life and functioning between admission and discharge in patients (848 men, 1412 women) at an Austrian psychiatric/psychosomatic rehabilitation clinic.

RESULTS: Gender-specific differences in the course of treatment were all too small to be clinically relevant. The differences were smallest in the middle-aged cohort. However, at the time of admission, women reported a slightly higher symptom burden.

CONCLUSION: Overall, the results show a gender-fair effectiveness of the rehabilitation. The new findings could be explained by changes in living conditions, gender roles, or better treatment methods.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0256916
Pages (from-to)e0256916
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021


  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Austria/epidemiology
  • Female
  • Hospitalization
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Discharge
  • Psychiatric Rehabilitation/standards
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders/epidemiology
  • Quality of Life
  • Treatment Outcome


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