Effect of written emotional disclosure interventions in persons with psoriasis undergoing narrow band ultraviolet B phototherapy

Andrea Paradisi, Damiano Abeni, Enzo Finore, Cristina Di Pietro, Francesca Sampogna, Cinzia Mazzanti, Maria Antonietta Pilla, Stefano Tabolli

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Abstract

The beneficial health effects of emotional writing disclosure (ED) on several chronic diseases have been reported. The aim of this pilot study was to investigate the effects of two ED techniques on psoriatic patients treated with ultraviolet B (UVB) therapy. Forty patients were randomly assigned to two different ED treatments (according to Pennebaker [PW], writing about stressful events, to King [KW], writing about major life goals), or to a control group (CG). Disease severity and quality of life (QoL) were assessed at baseline, halfway through and at the end of UVB treatment, and 4 months after ED. Outcome measures were the PASI and SAPASI scores, the Skindex-29, and the GHQ-12, to assess disease severity, health-related QoL and psychological wellbeing, respectively. Increases in SAPASI scores were recorded between end of therapy and the final assessment in KW (p: 0.07) and CG individuals (p:

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)599-605
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Dermatology
Volume20
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2010

Keywords

  • Emotional writing disclosure
  • Phototherapy
  • Psoriasis
  • Psychological distress
  • Quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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