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J Am Acad Dermatol. 2004 Nov;51(5):697-703.

Measurement of the severity of rosacea.

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  • 1Department of Dermatology, St. Mary's/Duluth Clinic Health System, Duluth, MN 55805-1983, USA. jbamford@smdc.org

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

There are no standardized measures for the severity of rosacea.

OBJECTIVES:

To determine what clinical signs correlate best with global severity of rosacea, and to examine inter-rater reliability. Methods Four clinicians each made 82 assessments of rosacea patients. Each assessment used 60 0-to-10 Likert-like scales for the signs of rosacea. Subjects also assessed the severity of their rosacea.

RESULTS:

The clinicians' assessment of global severity correlated strongly with erythema, especially on the cheeks. Subjects' assessment of global severity correlated more strongly with papules/pustules. Different methods of assessing severity--estimation of area involved, intensity, or lesion counts--did not produce significantly different results. Inter-rater reliability was low on 11-point (0-10) scales, but improved when scales were collapsed to 5 or 4 points.

CONCLUSIONS:

Clinicians and patients assess severity of rosacea differently, with clinicians focusing on erythema and patients focusing on papules/pustules. New instruments for assessing severity must address inter-rater reliability.

PMID:
15523346
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