Quality of Life and Affective Health of Patients with Vitiligo
|Nermin Almomani1, Imad Abdulmajeed2*, Saeed Ur Rahman3 and Amal Alakkam1|
|1Family Medicine Consultant, NGHA-Riyadh, Saudi Arabia|
|2Public Health Specialist, NGHA-Riyadh, Saudi Arabia|
|3Community Medicine Dept. DED, NGHA-Riyadh, Saudi Arabia|
|Corresponding Author :||Imad Abdulmajeed
Khashmalaan Road, P.O.Box 22490
NGHA, KAMC-Riyadh, Family Medicine
Dept. Admin Building, Mail code -2330
Central Region, Riyadh-11426, Saudi Arabia
E-mail: [email protected]
|Received January 28, 2015, Accepted February 17, 2015, Published February 26, 2015|
|Citation: Almomani N, Abdulmajeed I, Ur Rahman S, Alakkam A (2015) Quality of Life and Affective Health of Patients with Vitiligo. J Sleep Disord Ther 4:190. doi:10.4172/2167-0277.1000190|
|Copyright: © 2014 Almomani N et al., This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.|
Background: Vitiligo is a common hypopigmentary skin disease that can affect the quality of life and has an impact on the psychological health of the patient. Unfortunately these aspects are usually missed in the care process and underestimated in the assessment and management of vitiligo patients.
Aim of the Study: To determine the quality of life and assess the psychological impact of Vitiligo among Saudi patients, to understand the variables which may influence their psychological wellbeing and to assess the association between the quality of life and psychological morbidity.
Methods: Using cross sectional design, 234 adult patients were recruited from different hospitals in Saudi Arabia between October 2010 and February 2011. Quality of life and psychological health were assessed by Dermatological Quality of life Index and Hospital Anxiety and Depression scale respectively, which are well known, widely accepted questionnaires.
Results: Quality of life was more affected in females, age group (21 -30) years, low income patients and patients with generalized vitiligo. Anxiety was noticed more in females and in patients with jobs which required dealing with people on daily basis. Depression was higher in less educated and low income patients. DQLI score positively correlated with the HAD scale.