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J Cutan Med Surg. 2011 Jan-Feb;15(1):29-36.

Health-related quality of life in patients with psoriasis.

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  • 1The Institute of Epidemiology, School of Medicine, Universtity of Belgrade, Serbia. slavenka@eunet.rs

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease that has a significant impact on patients' lives.

OBJECTIVE:

The purpose of the study was to assess factors that might influence the health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of patients with psoriasis.

METHODS:

We conducted a cross-sectional study of 110 outpatients with psoriasis. To assess the HRQoL, The Short Form 36 Health Survey (SF-36) and Skindex-29 were administered. Stressful life events during the last 12 months were assessed with Paykel's Interview for Recent Life Events.

RESULTS:

HRQoL was significantly more impaired in older patients, those with age at onset of 40 years or more, who had a positive family history and who experienced stressful life events in the 12 months preceding the interview. Sex and clinical severity were not significantly related to patients' HRQoL.

CONCLUSION:

Psoriasis patients have poorer HRQoL than the general population. This study supports the decision to use both generic and skin-specific instruments to assess the impact of psoriasis on HRQoL.

PMID:
21291653
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