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A pilot quality-of-life instrument for acne rosacea.

J Am Acad Dermatol. 2007 Apr 17;

Authors: Nicholson K, Abramova L, Chren MM, Yeung J, Chon SY, Chen SC

BACKGROUND: No rosacea-specific quality-of-life (QOL) instrument exists. OBJECTIVE: We sought to develop a validated, reliable rosacea-specific instrument. METHODS: From 6 in-depth interviews, we composed 21 rosacea-specific items. These items and Skindex-29 were administered in a validation cohort (n = 59). Internal consistency reliability and reproducibility were measured with Cronbach's coefficient alpha and intraclass correlation coefficient, respectively. Responsiveness was assessed comparing baseline with 4- to 6-month responses. Construct validity was assessed with principal axes factor analyses. Discriminant validity was examined with an additional 38 patients comparing differences in responsiveness between the rosacea-specific QOL instrument and Skindex. RESULTS: Reliability was high (Cronbach's alpha: 0.82-0.97, intraclass correlation coefficient: 0.70-0.95). The rosacea-specific QOL instrument showed preliminary responsiveness for patients with improved disease (P </= .05). Principal axes factor analyses correlated to hypothesized scales (r = 0.57-0.82). Discriminant validity was illustrated with greater differences in responsiveness using the rosacea-specific QOL instrument (P = .008). LIMITATIONS: Potential selection bias and lack of generalizability was a limitation. CONCLUSIONS: The rosacea-specific QOL instrument, RosaQoL, appears to be a reliable and valid QOL instrument and shows preliminary responsiveness for patients with improving rosacea.

PMID: 17445948 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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