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Isr Med Assoc J. 2013 Feb;15(2):99-102.

Effect of the Dead Sea climatotherapy for psoriasis on quality of life.

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Joint Research Institute on Climatotherapy for Skin Diseases at the Dead Sea, DMZ Medical Center, Dead Sea, Israel. eran.kopel@mail.huji.ac.il

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

It is well known that quality of life is an integral part in the outcome evaluation process of psoriasis treatment. Very few studies, however, examined the effect of climatotherapy at the Dead Sea on quality of life of such chronically ill patients.

OBJECTIVES:

To determine the effect of the Dead Sea climatotherapy on the quality of life of patients with psoriasis vulgaris and psoriatic arthritis.

METHODS:

A total of 119 patients participated in an observational prospective study carried out at the Deutsches Medizinisches Zentrum clinic, a medical skin care center specializing in climatotherapy. The patients completed questionnaires (Skindex-29) to quantify their quality of life at different time points: the day of arrival, the day of departure, and 3 and 6 months after the end of treatment.

RESULTS:

Marked improvement in the quality of life scores was measured between the time of arrival to time of departure and to 3 months after the end of treatment.

CONCLUSIONS:

Dead Sea climatotherapy has a significant positive influence on the quality of life of patients with psoriasis vulgaris and psoriatic arthritis.

PMID:
23516771
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