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Quality of life of patients with psoriasis: relationship with pruritus, stress and symptoms of depression --- Jakość życia chorych na łuszczycę: zalezność od świądu, stresu i objawów depresyjnych

Author(s): Jacek Szepietowski | Adam Reich | Ewa Hrehorow

Journal: Clinical Dermatology
ISSN 1507-5516

Volume: 9;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 19;
Date: 2007;
Original page

Background: Psoriasis is a common chronic skin condition which occurs in about 1-3% general population. This disease could negatively influence patients well-being.Objective: The aim of the study was to evaluate the influence of psoriasis on patients' quality of life.Material and methods: One hundred and two patients with psoriasis, aged between 16 and 82 years (mean 45.2+/-17.2 years) were included into this study. Every patient underwent careful dermatological examination and next fulfilled the Polish version of Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI). All patients were subdivided according to gender, area of residence, legal status, education level, employment, type of psoriasis, family history of psoriasis, presence of psoriatic lesions on visible skin areas, presence of pruritus, and necessity of psychological support. All results were analyzed statistically.Results: The quality of life in psoriatic patients assessed according to DLQI was between 0 and 29 points (mean 11.7+/-7.2 points). Presence of pruritus (mean DLQI in patients with and without pruritus: 12.3+/-7.0 and 6.5+/-6.8, respectively; p=0.01), and the necessity of psychological support (mean DLQI 15.0+/-8.0 vs. 10.6+/-6.6; p
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