Quality of Life Issues for South Africans with
Title: Quality of life issues for South Africans
with acne vulgaris
Authors: Mosam A, et al.
Publication: Clin Exp Dermatol. 2005 Jan;30(1):6-9.
The authors noted that although acne and psychological distress
studies were done in Western countries, before their paper there
was no such study in black patients from South Africa. They gave
patients attending a dermatology unit in KwaZulu-Natal, South
Africa questionnaires to evaluate their psychological distress
and quality of life and evaluated the severity of their acne.
The authors found that clinical severity was not linked to patient’s
perception or psychological distress, however, quality of life
issues such as feelings, social activities, performance at work
and school, activities of daily living and overall mental health
was associated with distress. Moreover, painful and bleeding lesions
were associated with distress level.