November 8, 2014
Indian J Dermatol. 2013 May;58(3):240. doi: 10.4103/0019-5154.110846.
Author Address: Departments of Consultant Dematologist, DERMACARE Clinic, Bongaigaon, Assam, India.
Reference Type: Journal Article
Record Number: 4448Author: Shim, T. N. and Abdullah, A.
Title: The effect of pulsed dye laser on the dermatology life quality index in erythematotelangiectatic rosacea patients: an assessment
Journal: J Clin Aesthet Dermatol
Short Title: The effect of pulsed dye laser on the dermatology life quality index in erythematotelangiectatic rosacea patients: an assessment
Alternate Journal: The Journal of clinical and aesthetic dermatology
ISSN: 1941-2789 (Print)
Accession Number: 23630639
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.