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Isr J Psychiatry Relat Sci. 2000;37(1):25-31.

Impairment in quality of life among patients seeking surgery for hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating): preliminary results.

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Department of Behavioral Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel.



The present paper describes the initial stages of the development and administration of a short, disease-specific, health related questionnaire to assess the impact of suffering from hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) on the Quality of Life (QoL) of patients who are anticipating surgery for this disorder.


The study was performed in two stages: 1. The life domains in which the condition impairs QoL were assessed by in-depth interviews with 10 patients suffering from hyperhidrosis. 2. A questionnaire covering five life domains was built based on these interviews. 3. This questionnaire was administered to 48 patients, 30 females and 18 males between the ages 15 and 48.


Results showed that subjective QoL was significantly lower among females in four of the five life areas and that duration of the condition correlates with a lower quality of life. A regression analysis showed that the subjective suffering of the patients was explained mainly by social aspects.


The questionnaire is a novel attempt to assess QoL in a disorder with strong esthetic and social consequences and could improve communication between patients and their physicians.

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