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Acta Derm Venereol. 2014 Jul;94(4):411-4. doi: 10.2340/00015555-1731.

Quality of life assessment of patients with scalp dermatitis using the Italian version of the Scalpdex.

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Health Services Research Unit, IDI-IRCCS Via dei Monti di Creta 104, IT-00167 Rome, Italy.


The aim of this study was to assess quality of life in patients with scalp dermatitis using the Italian version of the Scalpdex, and to validate the instrument in Italian. The survey was conducted in outpatients with psoriasis, seborrhoeic dermatitis, alopecia, or follicular lichen. Data were completed on 194 patients, 78% of whom had psoriasis. Scalpdex scores were always higher in women than in men, and in younger people compared to elderly people. The most frequent items were: being ashamed, embarrassed, bleeding scalp, feeling self-conscious, bothered that the condition is incurable, having the choice of colour of clothes affected, having a negative effect on daily life. The Italian Scalpdex showed good internal consistency, test-retest reliability, convergent validity, and responsiveness. In conclusion, the Italian version of the Scalpdex is a useful instrument to measure quality of life in patients with a scalp condition.

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