Quality of life in vitiligo patients after treatment with long-term narrowband ultraviolet B phototherapy.
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SourceJEADV : Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, 19, 1, (2005), pp. 56-60
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JEADV : Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology
SubjectN4i 4: Auto-immunity, transplantation and immunotherapy; UMCN 4.2: Chronic inflammation and autoimmunity
Long-term treatments for chronic diseases such as vitiligo need to be evaluated for their clinical efficacy. Assessment of the quality of life (QOL), however, may provide the most relevant information on the actual benefit for these patients. In this study we evaluated QOL after long-term narrowband ultraviolet (UV) B for the treatment of vitiligo. All patients, with long-term stable vitiligo vulgaris, who were treated at our clinic during the last 4 years received specifically for this study a designed QOL questionnaire, which included questions about general well-being, camouflage and psychosocial aspects; 71.4% of the patients responded. Most patients indicated an improvement on a psychological level, but an increase in camouflaging. The present study shows that, after long-term narrowband UVB phototherapy, skin appearance does not play a major role in the life of vitiligo patients, while well being only improved in a minority of patients.
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