Quality of Life Measures for Acne Patients

Department of Dermatology, Center for Dermatology Research, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Box 2473, Medical Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1071, USA.
Dermatologic clinics (Impact Factor: 1.43). 04/2012; 30(2):293-300, ix. DOI: 10.1016/j.det.2011.11.001
Source: PubMed

ABSTRACT Acne vulgaris affects most adolescents and two-thirds of adults and is associated with substantial psychosocial burden. Health-related quality of life (HRQOL) for patients with acne is an important factor of patient care, and several dermatologic and acne-specific measures have been created to assist in acne research, management, and care. This review describes several skin disease and acne-specific HRQOL measures and their applications in clinical care or research. The ideal HRQOL measure for the management of patients with acne is a concise questionnaire that places minimal burden on respondents and allows physicians to track improvement in HRQOL with successful treatment.

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