Treatment outcome and incidence of psychiatric disorders in dermatological out-patients

A. Picardi, D. Abeni, C. Renzi, M. Braga, C. F. Melchi, P. Pasquini

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Objective. Epidemiological studies have shown that the prevalence of psychiatric disorders among dermatological patients is high. We aimed at estimating the short-term incidence of psychiatric disorders among patients with skin disease. Methods. The 12-item General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12) was used to identify subjects free from psychiatric morbidity at their first dermatological visit. The GHQ-12 was administered again after 1 month during a computer-assisted telephone interview. Results. A total of 277 subjects was included in the study. At the follow-up interview, 21 (7.6%) were found to have significant psychiatric morbidity. Only lack of improvement was associated with increased incidence of psychiatric morbidity (13.6%), with an odds ratio of 3.1 (95% confidence interval 1.2-7.8), after adjustment for gender, age, educational level and clinical severity. Conclusions. Physicians should devote special attention to the risk of psychiatric complications in patients who have not improved with treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-159
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2003


  • Improvement
  • Incidence
  • Mental disorders
  • Skin Disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Infectious Diseases


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