Evaluation of the quality of life among patients with acne vulgaris in Greece

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Κατεύθυνση Σχεδιασμός και Διοίκηση Υπηρεσιών Υγείας
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Kolokotsa Eleni-Nefeli
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Κυριάκος Σουλιώτης, Καθηγητής, Σχολή Κοινωνικών και Πολιτικών Επιστημών, Πανεπιστήμιο Πελοποννήσου, Επισκέπτης - Καθηγητής της Ιατρικής Σχολής ΕΚΠΑ, Επιβλέπων
Ιωάννης Τούντας, Καθηγητής, Ιατρική Σχολή, ΕΚΠΑ
Μαρία Καντζανού, Επίκουρη Καθηγήτρια, Ιατρική Σχολή, ΕΚΠΑ
Original Title:
Μελέτη της ποιότητας ζωής ασθενών με ακμή στην Ελλάδα
Translated title:
Evaluation of the quality of life among patients with acne vulgaris in Greece
Background: Acne vulgaris is a common dermatological disease, which occurs mainly in adolescence and young adulthood and has both physical and psychosocial effects.
Aim: The assessment of quality of life of patients with acne vulgaris in Greece.
Materials and Methods :This was a cross-sectional questionnaire – based study in a cohort of 150 patients of acne vulgaris attending the outpatient dermatology department of "EVANGELISMOS" General Hospital within six months. Patients assessed quality of life by completing Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI) and Cardiff Acne Disability Index (CADI). A correlation of those two was performed , with some additional information brought out through demographic data. The severity of acne was determined using the Leeds scale.
Results: The increase in acne severity is associated with worse quality of life. Women are more affected than men and the increase in educational level seems to be related to worse quality of life. The longer duration and severity of the disease is associated with worse symptoms and feelings and affects adversely interpersonal relationships.
Conclusions: Acne is associated with impairment in quality of life. In order to improve the quality of life in acne patients there is a need to improve awareness about the disease and its causes and to highlight the role and importance of dermatologists.
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Health Sciences
Acne, Acne vulgaris, Quality of life, Dermatology Life Quality Index, Cardiff Acne Disability Index, Greece
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