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J Dermatolog Treat. 2007;18(1):5-9.

Melasma and its impact on health-related quality of life in Hispanic women.

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  • 1Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administration, Ohio State University College of Pharmacy, Columbus, OH 43210, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

Melasma poses a substantial emotional and psychosocial burden on patients. Even though melasma is prevalent in Hispanic women, its impact on health-related quality of life (HRQOL) has been under-reported. The purpose of this review is to evaluate the impact of melasma on the HRQOL of Hispanic women.

METHODS:

An extensive literature review of articles published in English and Spanish over the last 15 years (1991-2006) was conducted. The search terms used to obtain relevant information were 'melasma', 'women', 'health-related quality of life', HRQOL', 'treatment', 'Hispanic', and 'Latino'. Specific issues covered include HRQOL issues in melasma, instruments used and treatment modalities available for melasma.

RESULTS:

The literature search revealed that melasma has a deleterious impact on the HRQOL. It severely affects social life, emotional well-being, physical health and money matters in Hispanic women.

CONCLUSION:

Patient education, awareness and counseling are needed to improve HRQOL outcomes.

PMID:
17365259
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