Decreased self-esteem potentially leads to psychological damage and decreased quality of life (QOL). This longitudinal descriptive study examined the effects of acne treatment on QOL. Data were interpreted by classifying acne severity using the Combined Acne Severity Classification tool and correlating results with QOL, measured by the Dermatology Quality of Life Index (DLQI).
Results were presented in three treatment intervals, comparing scores within intervals and DLQI scores to acne severity. Variables with normal distribution were identified as mean ± standard deviation; a p value > 0.5 was significant. DLQI pretreatment interval mean was 8.69 ± 5.34. DLQI scores for mild acne were 6.98 ± 3.64, 8.12 ± 4.78 for moderate acne, and 12.9 ± 5.67 for severe acne. A significant difference between mild and severe acne and between moderate and severe acne was detected; no significant difference was noted between mild and moderate acne. These results may influence treatment plans, thereby impacting patients' QOL and encouraging holistic treatment.
|Commitee:||Kumrow, David E., Mullally, Laurel|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 53/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Nursing, Public health|
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