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ISSN: Print -2349-0977, Online - 2349-4387
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 144-148

Childhood Atopic Dermatitis: Impact on Quality of Life in Thai Children and their Families

Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkoknoi, Bangkok, Thailand

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Wanee Wisuthsarewong
Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkoknoi, Bangkok
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DOI: 10.4103/astrocyte.astrocyte_27_17

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Aim: To assess the impact of atopic dermatitis (AD) on quality of life (QoL) and the factor affecting QoL in Thai children and their families. Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted on 86 AD patients at Siriraj Hospital. AD patients aged <16 years and their families were asked to complete the Thai versions of the Infants' Dermatitis Quality of Life Index (IDQoL), Children's Dermatology Quality of Life Index (CDLQI), and Dermatitis Family Impact Questionnaire (DFI). Results: Mean age of the patients was 6.5 ± 0.5 years old and 67.4% were females. The mean ± SD of QoL scores affected by AD was 8.88 ± 5.65. QoL score was high in the group of questions related to symptoms and feelings, followed by sleep problems. The mean ± SD score for DFI was 9.94 ± 7.49. Impact on QoL in Thai children and their families was significantly correlated with disease severity (P = 0.03, r = 0.24; and P= 0.01, r = 0.30, respectively). Factors that caused negative impact on QoL of patients were taking oral medications and disease severity (P = 0.01). Factors causing negative impact on QoL of families were disease severity (P = 0.01), positive for family member with allergic diseases (P= 0.01), start attending school (P = 0.02), and taking oral medications (P = 0.04). Limitation: The limitation of the study was the disadvantage of questionnaire-based study in collecting data. Conclusions: AD caused significant impact on QoL of Thai children and their families. QoL measurement should be included in the patient care assessment to improve effective management of AD.

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