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The effect of pulsed dye laser on the dermatology life quality index in erythematotelangiectatic rosacea patients: an assessment.

J Clin Aesthet Dermatol. 2013 Apr;6(4):30-2

Authors: Shim TN, Abdullah A

Abstract
Background: Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea is a common cutaneous disorder. It has a major psychosocial impact on a patient's life. Objective: This study aims to investigate the impact of pulsed dye laser on the quality of life of affected patients as measured by the Dermatology Life Quality Index. Methods: The authors report a prospective study of 20 patients (in a wide range of skin phototypes) attending a laser clinic. All patients completed the Dermatology Life Quality Index questionnaires before and after three sessions of laser treatment. Results: The mean Dermatology Life Quality Index scores pre- and post-laser treatment were 17.3 and 4.3, respectively. All patients experienced a statistically significant improvement in their quality of life (p<0.0001, paired t test). Conclusion: The Dermatology Life Quality Index questionnaire (pre- and post-laser treatment) is an important tool for monitoring the efficacy of therapy and patient satisfaction.

PMID: 23630639 [PubMed - in process]

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23630639?dopt=Abstract = URL to article

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