A comprehensive health impact assessment and determinants of quality of life, health and psychological status in acne patients

C. Pagliarello, C. Di Pietro, S. Tabolli

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Aim. Acne adversely affects all aspects of quality of life (QoL). Although many papers assessed acne-specific QoL impairment, there are few data on its impact on general health and psychological status. Apart from acne severity, little is known about determinants of a worse QoL. The aims of this paper were to measure acne impact on QoL, health and psychological status and to analyze the relationship between socio-demographic variables, disease severity and mental status on QoL of acne sufferers. Methods. Acne cases were selected from a survey conducted in 2010. The Short-Form 12-Item Health Survey and the Skindex-29 were used to assess health status and QoL. The 12-Items General Health Questionnaire was used to identify individuals at risk for non-psychotic psychiatric disorders (GHQ-positive). Physician (PhGA) and patient global assessments were obtained. We investigated the variables involved in the QoL through a logistic regression analysis. Results. One hundred ninety-five cases were analyzed. Twenty-six percent were GHQ-positive; acne's impact on health status was worse compared to other chronic diseases. A GHQ-positive status (Skindex-29 overall: OR 2.6; 95% CI 1.20-5.60, P25 was linked to being GHQ-positive (OR 2.92; 95% CI 1.2-7.1, P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-308
Number of pages6
JournalGiornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia
Volume150
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2015

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Health Impact Assessment
Acne Vulgaris
Health Status
Quality of Life
Psychology
Health Surveys
Psychiatry
Chronic Disease
Logistic Models
Regression Analysis
Demography
Physicians
Health

Keywords

  • Acne vulgaris
  • Health impact assessment
  • Quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Medicine(all)

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A comprehensive health impact assessment and determinants of quality of life, health and psychological status in acne patients. / Pagliarello, C.; Di Pietro, C.; Tabolli, S.

In: Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia, Vol. 150, No. 3, 01.06.2015, p. 303-308.

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