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Effects of time and recall of patch test results on quality of life (QoL) after testing: Cross-sectional study analyzing QoL in hand eczema patients 1, 5 and 10 years after patch testing
Örebro University, School of Medical Sciences. Department of Dermatology, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden.
Örebro University, School of Medical Sciences. Department of Dermatology, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden.
2017 (English)In: Contact Dermatitis, ISSN 0105-1873, E-ISSN 1600-0536, Vol. 77, no 2, p. 88-94Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Patch testing can improve health-related quality of life (HRQoL).

Objectives: To study the impact on HRQoL of elapsed time after patch testing (1-10 years), and how the outcome of testing and patients' recall affects HRQoL.

Patients/materials/methods: The Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI) questionnaire was sent to all patients (aged 18-65 years) who were patch tested for suspected contact allergy in 2009, 2005 and 2000 at the Department of Dermatology in Örebro.

Results: The response rate was 51% (n = 256). The DLQI score was significantly lower at 10 years after patch testing (mean DLQI = 5.5) than at 1 year (mean DLQI = 7.7). Work was the most impaired aspect. A binary logistic model showed that only time (10 years after testing) was associated with no effect, a light effect or a moderate effect (DLQI < 10) on HRQoL. No such association was seen for patients with negative or positive test results concerning full recall, partial recall or no recall of diagnosed allergens.

Conclusions: Although there was an improvement in HRQoL over time, the work aspect remained a major problem. The improvement was not affected by the outcome of testing and patients' recall of test results.

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Hoboken, USA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2017. Vol. 77, no 2, p. 88-94
Keywords [en]
Contact dermatis, DLQI, HRQoL, patch testing
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Dermatology and Venereal Diseases
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-54394DOI: 10.1111/cod.12734ISI: 000405393700002PubMedID: 28032351Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85007481092OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-54394DiVA, id: diva2:1072113
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Regional Research Foundation Örebro-Uppsala, Sweden  

Örebro County Council 

Available from: 2017-02-07 Created: 2017-01-10 Last updated: 2018-07-30Bibliographically approved

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