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J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2017 Jan;31(1):163-168. doi: 10.1111/jdv.13748. Epub 2016 Jun 21.

Feelings of stigmatization in patients with rosacea.

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1
Institut Alfred Fournier, Paris, France.
2
Clinique Dermatologique, Université de Strasbourg et Hôpitaux Universitaires de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France.
3
Department of Psychology, University of Windsor, Windsor, ON, Canada.
4
University of Western Ontario and Windsor Clinical Research Inc, Windsor, ON, Canada.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Rosacea is a chronic facial disease that may lead to feelings of stigmatization, which can negatively impact psychological and social well-being.

OBJECTIVE:

The aim of this study was to evaluate different aspects of rosacea that could contribute to feelings of stigmatization.

METHODS:

An online survey of a representative sample of the adult population in the UK, France, Germany and US was conducted to identify patients with rosacea based on presence of three or more clinical features.

RESULTS:

Among the patients who completed the survey (n = 807), mean age at first sign/symptom of rosacea was 31.3 ± 14.5 years; mean duration of disease was 102 ± 119 months. One-third of patients reported feelings of stigmatization (FS; n = 275). Male patients were more likely to experience FS (49% vs. 37.2% in non-FS population; P = 0.0037). Those with FS were more likely to avoid social situations (54.2% vs. 2.0%, P < 1.00E-10 ) and had a higher rate of depression (36.7% vs. 21.1%, P < 1.00E-10 ).

CONCLUSIONS:

Stigmatization is important in the daily lives of those with rosacea and should be taken into consideration in the management of these patients.

PMID:
27323701
DOI:
10.1111/jdv.13748
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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