Quality of Life in Patients with Acne Vulgaris
MGM Journal of Medical Sciences
Dermatological diseases have a significant impact on a patient's quality of life. The present study was to evaluate the impact of acne vulgaris on their quality of life. Methods: Two hundred and fifty-six patients with acne vulgaris were considered for this study. Pre-tested personal interviews were done on all patients for the collection of data. This information was used for grading of acne vulgaris and its complications. Further evaluation of its impact on quality of life was done using the
... was done using the Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI) scale. The percentage and frequency of data were assessed by Chi-square test, and final analysis was done using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) version 20th. Results: Small effect on DLQI was noted in 59 (45.7%) patients with mild severity acne, moderate effect in 42 (41.6%) patients with a moderate severity of acne and 14 (53.8%) patients with severe acne had a small effect on DLQI. There was a significant association between the outcome of the DLQI scale and grading of acne (p < 0.0001). Conclusion: Depending on the severity, acne vulgaris has a considerable impact on the quality of life of patients. The study showed significant impairment of quality of life in acne patients. Proper treatment early in the course of the disease, along with counseling and assurance of the patient plays an important role in efficacious management and in reducing the psychosocial impact.