Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology

JUN 2017

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VOL. 10, NO. 6 • JUNE 2017 • JCADONLINE.COM JOURNAL WATCH Quality of life for rosacea patients Objective severity does not capture the impact of rosacea, acne scarring and photoaging in patients seeking laser therapy. Thomas CL, Kim B, Lam J, et al. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2017;31(2):361–366. Epub 2016 Sep 18. Synopsis: Investigators conducted a prospective study of 147 individuals who underwent laser treatment for acne scarring, rosacea, or photoaging to compare how patients and dermatologists assess disease severity, and to examine the impact of these skin conditions on quality of life. They found disparities between how dermatologists assessed disease and skin severity and how patients reported the impacts of these diseases on quality of life. While rosacea had the greatest effect in terms of symptoms, acne scarring correlated most strongly with self esteem and social functioning issues. The authors concluded that skin conditions can have a profound impact on patient quality of life in ways that may not fully be appreciated based on dermatologists'own severity assessments. PMID: 27640402 Most people with psoriasis or rosacea are not being treated: a large population study. Wehausen B, Hill DE, Feldman SR. Dermatol Online J. 2016 Jul 15;22(7). pii: 13030/qt4nc3p4q2. Synopsis: Here, the authors review the impact of acne and atopic dermatitis on self-esteem and identity, discuss clinical assessment tools including the Cutaneous Body Image Scale, and describe coping strategies for patients and families. PMID: 27001316 Patients with rosacea have increased risk of depression and anxiety disorders: a Danish nationwide cohort study. Egeberg A, Hansen PR, Gislason GH, Thyssen JP. Dermatology. 2016;232(2):208–213. Epub 2016 Mar 9. Synopsis: Researchers used data on approximately 4.6 million adult Danish citizens to explore correlation between rosacea and new-onset depression and anxiety disorders. They found that 30,725 and 24,712 individuals had mild and moderate-to-severe rosacea, respectively. The authors calculated incidence rate ratios of 1.89-2.04 for increased risk of depression and 1.80-1.98 for increased risk of anxiety disorders in these sub- groups, and conclude that rosacea is associated with increased risk of depression and anxiety disorders dependent upon disease severity. PMID: 26954304 A review of the quality of life following pulsed dye laser treatment for erythemotelangiectatic rosacea. Bonsall A, Rajpara S. J Cosmet Laser Ther. 2016;18(2):86-90. Epub 2016 Feb 2. Review. Synopsis: Here, the authors discuss the current literature on how treatment of erythemotelangiectatic rosacea using pulsed dye laser can affect quality of life. PMID: 26836241 Health-related quality of life in patients with cutaneous rosacea: a systematic review. van der Linden MM, van Rappard DC, Daams JG, et al. Acta Derm Venereol. 2015;95(4):395–400. Review. Synopsis: To explore health-related quality of life in patients with rosacea, the authors conducted a review of the literature on health-related quality of life and demographic and clinical characteristics of rosacea. Twelve studies met the inclusion criteria, although study methods were quite variable. They did find that all of the studies reported negative impact on health-related quality of life, and that the negative impact appeared to be associated with disease severity and age, and conclude that rosacea has a small to moderate effect on A quick look at the noteworthy articles in dermatology research June 2017 By Laura Alexander, PhD JCAD journal of clinical and aesthetic dermatology June 2017 • Volume 10 • Number 6 12 Section Editors: Brian Berman, MD, PhD; Adam Friedman, MD, FAAD

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