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J Am Acad Dermatol. 2013 Dec;69(6 Suppl 1):S27-35. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2013.04.043.

Rosacea: current state of epidemiology.

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  • 1Department of Medicine, University of West Ontario, Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Electronic address: jerrytan@bellnet.ca.

Abstract

Case definitions are critical in epidemiologic research. However, modern disease indicators must now consider complex data from gene-based research along with traditional clinical parameters. Rosacea is a skin disorder with multiple signs and symptoms. In individuals, these features may be multiple or one may predominate. While studies on the epidemiology of rosacea have previously been sparse, there has been a recent increase in research activity. A broader body of epidemiological information that includes a greater variety of countries beyond Northern Europe and general population-based demographics is needed. As there are operational issues in current case definitions of rosacea subtypes--rationalization and standardization--universal consistent applications in future research is also imperative. Further improvement in disease definition combining new research information along with clinical pragmatism should increase the accuracy of rosacea case ascertainment and facilitate further epidemiological research.

Copyright © 2013 American Academy of Dermatology, Inc. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

KEYWORDS:

CI; GST; NRSEC; National Rosacea Society Expert Committee; OR; UV; comorbidities; confidence interval; epidemiology; glutathione S-transferase; odds ratio; prevalence; risk factors; rosacea; subtype; ultraviolet

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