Quality of life among Malaysian patients with vitiligo.

Wong, S.M.; Baba, R. (2012) Quality of life among Malaysian patients with vitiligo. International Journal Of Dermatology, 51 (2). ISSN 0011-9059

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Vitiligo is a chronic disease and can have significant impairment on patients' quality of life (QoL). Studies have shown that limitations in QoL are similar in magnitude to patients with other chronic skin diseases like psoriasis. The objective of this study was to assess the quality of life (QoL) of patients with vitiligo attending the dermatology clinic of a tertiary hospital in Malaysia. METHODS: All patients with a clinical diagnosis of vitiligo who were seen at our dermatology clinic and phototherapy daycare center from September 15 to November 20, 2009 were invited to participate. RESULTS: A total of 102 patients with vitiligo were included in this survey (56.9% females, 43.1% males; mean age 43.6). The mean DLQI score ± SD was 6.40 ± 5.17. The highest mean DLQI score was seen in the patient group aged 30-59 years (mean score 7.05). Malays had significantly higher DLQI scores compared with Indians (P = 0.026). CONCLUSION: Patients in our cohort showed a moderate limitation of QoL, comparable to that of other chronic skin diseases. Management should focus not only on medical treatment but also psychological aspects, hence better QoL and treatment outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Creators:
  1. Wong, S.M.
  2. Baba, R.
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal Of Dermatology
Additional Information: Department of Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. suming1@yahoo.com
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Mr. Faizal Hamzah
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2012 11:48
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2013 10:29
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/2986

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