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QOL Impaired in Young Adults with Psoriasis

J Dermatolog Treat; ePub 2018 Sep 7; Bronckers, et al

In young adults with psoriasis, substantial quality of life (QOL) impairments were found, according to a recent study. Furthermore, female patients, patients with high body mass index (BMI), or long disease duration in particular tended to experience more difficulties. Researchers conducted an explorative, cross-sectional study in patients with psoriasis aged 18–30 years (n=75 [22 males, 53 females]). Individuals completed a set of questionnaires regarding their health status, achievement of developmental milestones, and work productivity. They found:

  • Median Psoriasis Activity and Severity Index (PASI) and body surface area (BSA), respectively, were 4.4 [4.9] and 4.5 [8.4].
  • Young adults experienced feelings of embarrassment, impairments in physical health and work productivity, and difficulties in social development.
  • Patients with more severe psoriasis, longer disease duration, higher BMI, female patients, and patients closer to their 30s tended to be more affected.

Bronckers IMG, van Geel MJ, van de Kerkhof PCM, de Jong EMGJ, Seyger MMB. A cross-sectional study in young adults with psoriasis: Potential determining factors in quality of life, life course and work productivity. [Published online ahead of print September 7, 2018]. J Dermatolog Treat. doi:10.1080/09546634.2018.1506077.