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By Geovani Palma Geo
R F Ofenloch, E Weisshaar, A-K Dumke, S Molin, T L Diepgen, C Apfelbacher
BACKGROUND: Health-related quality of life (HRQOL) is widely used as a patient-reported outcome to evaluate clinical trials. In routine care it can also be used to improve treatment strategies or to enhance patients' self-awareness and empowerment. Therefore a disease-specific instrument is needed that assesses in detail all the impairments caused by the disease of interest. For patients with hand eczema (HE) such an instrument was developed by an international expert group, but its measurement properties are unknown...
August 2014: British Journal of Dermatology
Tove Agner, Jacob Mutanu Jungersted, Pieter-Jan Coenraads, Thomas Diepgen
BACKGROUND: Several instruments for the assessment of the severity of hand eczema and health-related quality of life (HR-QoL) related to hand eczema have been developed. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the present study was to evaluate the correlation between frequently used methods. METHODS: Consecutive patients with current hand eczema from three different centres participated in the study. Severity of hand eczema was assessed with the Hand Eczema Severity Index (HECSI), the Physician Global Assessment (PGA), the Clinical Photo Guide, and the Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI)...
August 2013: Contact Dermatitis
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