Quality-of-Life Instruments: Evaluation of the Impact of Psoriasis on Patients

Department of Dermatology, Psoriasis and Skin Treatment Center, University of California San Francisco Medical Center, 515 Spruce Street, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA.
Dermatologic clinics (Impact Factor: 1.69). 04/2012; 30(2):281-91, ix. DOI: 10.1016/j.det.2011.11.006
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The negative impact of psoriasis on a patient's quality of life (QoL) is well documented in the literature. Patients often suffer poor self-esteem, difficulties in social interactions, and significant psychological distress. It is, therefore, critically important that a clinician evaluate the extent to which the disease impacts a patient's QoL. This chapter reviews several validated and reliable generic, dermatology-specific, and disease-specific QoL instruments useful in measuring the impact of psoriasis on patient's QoL. These QoL instruments can be especially helpful in identifying those patients who would most benefit from systemic or biologic therapy.

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    • "Environmental and genetic factors, as well as super antigens and toxins from Candida species, may play various roles in the exacerbation and persistence of psoriasis (Taheri et al., 2014; Leung et al., 1993). Most psoriasis patients have a diminished quality of life in comparison with healthy individuals, particularly with reference to sexual dysfunction, anxiety, depression, selfesteem , and nutritional condition (Heller et al., 2012). In the present study, the presence of Candida albicans and other species of Candida were evaluated in the saliva and skin of fifty (50) psoriatic patients and were compared to a control group of fifty (50) healthy people. "

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    • "In general, psoriasis is usually classified as mild, moderate or severe, depending on the surface area affected, redness, and the thickness and desquamation of the plaques. A number of instruments have been devised to define the severity of the disease and compare scores over time for the same patient and between patients [7]. "
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