Researchers identified a relationship between illness acceptance and quality of life among patients with moderate plaque psoriasis. These findings were published in Clinical, Cosmetic, and Investigational Dermatology.

In total, 186 adults with plaque psoriasis who had Psoriasis Area Severity Index (PASI) scores ≤10 were included in the analysis. Enrollment criteria included duration of illness for at least two years and no history of other somatic or mental disorders in the three months preceding the study. Patients completed a survey on their sociodemographic and disease characteristics, the Acceptance of Illness Scale (AIS), and the Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI).

The mean AIS score was 24.3. The researchers found that patients older than 40 displayed lower levels of illness acceptance compared with younger patients (P=0.0311). Female patients (P=0.0092) and patients with longer illness duration (P=0.0362) had significantly lower AIS scores compared to males or patients with shorter disease history, respectively.

The mean DLQI score was 13.3. The investigators found that lower levels of illness acceptance were associated with impaired quality of life scores compared to patients with higher acceptance (P=0.0015).

Via: Clinical, Cosmetic, and Investigational Dermatology