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Evaluation of the effects of acne vulgaris on quality of life in Turkey by using TAQLI.

DOI: jocd.12294  PMID: 29197171  

Acne vulgaris (AV) is a chronic, inflammatory skin disease that may cause various psychiatric and/or psychological problems.In this study, we aimed to determine the effect of AV on the quality of life in the Turkish population using the Turkish Acne Quality of Life Index (TAQLI).A total of 960 patients with AV who attended the dermatology department were included in the study. Acne severity was determined using the global acne classification system. TAQLI was used to evaluate the effect of acne on quality of life.The 960 patients consisted of 673 (70.1%) females and 287 (29.9%) males. There were 536 (55.8%) patients under the age of 20, 386 (40.2%) aged 20-30, and 38 (4.0%) over 30. Acne duration varied between 1 and 20 years, and the mean duration was 2.95 ± 2.53 years. The mean TAQLI value of all patients was 20.8 ± 9.5. The mean TAQLI value was statistically significantly higher in female patients, in patients with an acne duration of more than 2 years, and in those with very severe acne. However, no statistically significant difference was found between the age groups.We observed that the quality of life in patients with AV was affected, and this effect was more significant in female patients, patients with severe acne and longer acne duration. We believe that the psychiatric/psychological effects should be followed up closely in this group of patients.

Gokalp H,  Bulur I,  Kaya Erdoğan H,  Karapınar T,  Bilgin M

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