Adults with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis (AD) are suffering more than what would be deemed acceptable, according to a study that examined the burden of disease and individual suffering in adults with AD. The large European study included 1,189 adult patients (aged 18-87 years, 56% female) with moderate-to-severe AD. A computer assisted telephone interview was conducted to assess severity and measure quality of life in these patients. Among the findings:
- Despite current treatment, 45% of participants still had actual moderate-to-very severe AD in patient oriented eczema measure (POEM).
- 57% missed ≥1 day of work in the preceding year due to their skin disease.
- Dermatology life quality index (DLQI) showed moderate to extremely large impairment in 55% of participants.
- 10% had signs of depressive symptoms.
- Of those suffering from severe AD, 88% stated that their AD at least partly compromised their ability to face life.
Ring J, Zink A, Arents BWM, et al. Atopic eczema: Burden of disease and individual suffering – Results from a large EU-study in adults. [Published online ahead of print April 19, 2019]. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. doi:10.1111/jdv.15634.