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RESEARCH ARTICLE

Assessment of Quality of Life in Chronic Dermatoses

Manisha Nijhawan, Savita Agrawal, Sinni Jain, Shilpa Soni

Keywords : Quality of life, World Health Organization quality of life-BREF,Chronic skin diseases

Citation Information : Nijhawan M, Agrawal S, Jain S, Soni S. Assessment of Quality of Life in Chronic Dermatoses. J Mahatma Gandhi Univ Med Sci Tech 2017; 2 (2):71-77.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10057-0039

License: CC BY-NC-ND 3.0

Published Online: 00-08-2017

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2017; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Introduction and aim Chronic skin diseases are associated with significant morbidity in the form of physical discomfort and impairment of patient\'s quality of life (QOL). This study was aimed to assess the impact of various chronic dermatoses on the QOL. Materials and methods This was a hospital-based, cross-sectional study done on 180 consenting outdoor patients between 20 and 60 years of age clinically diagnosed to have a chronic skin disorder, including acne, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis (AD), vitiligo, chronic urticaria (CU), or androgenetic alopecia (AGA) for more than 6 months duration. Quality of life was assessed by using the World Health Organization (WHO) QOL-BREF (Hindi version) which had four domains—physical, psychological, social relationship, and environmental health. Results Out of total 180 cases, 100 (55.6%) were males and 80 were females (44.4%). Most cases (43.3%) were in the age group of 20 to 30 years. Urban patients (143, 79.4%) were more than rural patients (37, 20.6%). Chronic urticaria and AGA had significant impact on psychosocial domain. Conclusion All the six dermatoses showed impact on the patient\'s QOL. This raises the need to have an assessment by psychologists and counselors within dermatology services in treating the chronic dermatoses. How to cite this article Jain S, Soni S, Nijhawan M, Agrawal S. Assessment of Quality of Life in Chronic Dermatoses. J Mahatma Gandhi Univ Med Sci Tech 2017;2(2):71-77.


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