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Indian J Dermatol. 2011 Jul;56(4):403-6. doi: 10.4103/0019-5154.84767.

A study of psoriasis and quality of life in a tertiary care teaching hospital of kottayam, kerala.

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  • 1Medical College Hospital, Kottayam, Kerala, India .

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease which has an impact on health-related quality of life (QoL). The psoriasis disability index (PDI) is a simple 15-item questionnaire which is used to assess overall psoriasis disability.

OBJECTIVES:

(1) To assess the health-related QoL among patients with psoriasis, attending dermatology OPD of Medical College Hospital, Kottayam. (2) To find out the association of QoL with age and gender.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

This was a descriptive case series study conducted in Dermatology OPD of Medical College Hospital, Kottayam, Kerala. Psoriasis patients attending the Dermatology OPD of Medical College Hospital for 2 months were assessed.

RESULTS:

Out of the total 32 patients, 56.2% were males, whose mean age was 45; 72% were married, 47% had education above plus two and were employed. Also, 34% had income above Rs. 3000 per month. Among the PDI subsets, daily activities were affected the most (90.6%), followed by work (84.4%), leisure activities (71.9%), problems with treatment (68.7%) and the least affected was personal relations (62.5%). Overall PDI score (median 14.5, interquartile range 4.5-22) showed that the QoL was affected in 75% of which 9.4% were mild (score < 9), 31.2% were moderate (score 10-18) and 34.4% were severe (score > 18). There was no association between the total PDI score and age or gender.

CONCLUSION:

QoL was affected in 75% of psoriasis patients. There was no association between QoL and age or gender.

KEYWORDS:

Psoriasis; psoriasis disability index; quality of life

PMID:
21965848
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PMCID:
PMC3179003
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