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Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol. 2016 Jan-Feb;82(1):16-22. doi: 10.4103/0378-6323.168937.

Development and validation of a Hindi language health-related quality of life questionnaire for melasma in Indian patients.

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Department of Dermatology, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Melasma, which is fairly common in Indians, causes significant emotional and psychological impact. A Hindi instrument would be useful to assess the impact of melasma on the quality of life in Indian patients.

OBJECTIVE:

To create a semantic equivalent of the original MELASQOL questionnaire in Hindi and validate it.

METHODS:

A Hindi adaptation of the original MELASQOL (Hi-MELASQOL) was prepared using previously established guidelines. After pre-testing, the Hi-MELASQOL questionnaire was administered to 100 women with melasma visiting the out-patient registration counter of Safdarjung Hospital, Delhi. These women were also administered a Hindi equivalent of the Health Related Quality of Life (HRQOL) questionnaire. Melasma area severity index (MASI) of all the participants was calculated.

RESULTS:

The mean MASI score was 20.0 ± 7.5 and Hi-MELASQOL score was 37.19 ± 18.15; both were highly, positively and significantly correlated. Reliability analysis showed satisfactory results. Physical health, emotional well-being and social life were the most adversely affected life domains.

LIMITATIONS:

It was a single-center study and the number of patients studied could have been larger.

CONCLUSION:

Hi-MELASQOL is a reliable and validated tool to measure the quality of life in Indians with melasma.

PMID:
26728805
DOI:
10.4103/0378-6323.168937
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