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Adolescents with skin disease have specific Quality of Life issues

Golics, Catherine Jane, Basra, M. K. A., Finlay, Andrew Yule ORCID: and Salek, Mir-saeed 2009. Adolescents with skin disease have specific Quality of Life issues. Dermatology 218 (4) , pp. 357-366. 10.1159/000205524

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Background: Adolescence is a period of life with its own unique characteristics. Objectives: To provide an in-depth understanding of the impact of skin disease on different aspects of adolescents’ health-related quality of life (HRQoL). Methods: Semi-structured qualitative interviews were conducted with a sample of dermatology patients between 12 and 19 years of age, attending the dermatology outpatient clinic of a secondary referral centre. Participants were invited to talk in detail about all the ways their lives had been affected by their skin disease. Interviews were transcribed verbatim. Results: Thirty-two adolescents (males = 10, females = 22) with a mean age of 15.7 years (range = 12–18 years) participated in the interviews. Twenty-eight HRQoL themes adversely affected by skin diseases were identified from the interviews which were grouped under 6 main HRQoL domains – psychological impact (91% of patients), physical impact (81%), social impact (81%), impact on lifestyle (63%), need for support (41%) and education and employment (34%). The number of HRQoL themes affected in each individual varied between 1 and 23 (mean = 8.1). Conclusions: The results of this study revealed the extent and nature of the impact of skin diseases on adolescents’ HRQoL. A number of issues identified were specific to adolescents, highlighting the need for specific HRQoL assessment.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > RL Dermatology
Publisher: Karger
ISSN: 1018-8665
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2022 10:00

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