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|Title:||Impact of atopic dermatitis on health-related quality of life among infants and children in Singapore: A pilot cross-sectional study||Authors:||Ang, S.B.
Quality of life
|Issue Date:||2014||Citation:||Ang, S.B.,Teng, C.W.C.,Monika, T.P.,Wee, H.-L. (2014). Impact of atopic dermatitis on health-related quality of life among infants and children in Singapore: A pilot cross-sectional study. Proceedings of Singapore Healthcare 23 (2) : 100-107. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.||Abstract:||Introduction: Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a chronic relapsing skin disease that affects about 20.8% of children between seven to 16 years old in Singapore. Impairment in quality of life for one with AD is greater than childhood chronic disease like epilepsy or asthma. This study aims to describe the areas of health-related quality of life affected by AD in a cross-sectional survey of infants and children in Singapore. Methods: Thirty-four children aged 0 to 16 years old with atopic eczema were recruited. Quality of life was measured using Infant's Dermatitis Quality of Life Index in children aged four years and below and Children's Dermatitis Life Quality Index was used in children between five to 16 years old. Results: Children with severe disease have significant impact on quality of life compared to those with mild/ moderate disease. Itching and sleep disturbance are the two items in the top three domains for both the younger and older children. Impairment in participation in family's activities was significant in boys compared with girls. Social impact on girls is greater compared to boys with a trend towards significance. Conclusion: This study shows that quality of life in patients with AD is affected. There appears to be gender and racial differences in some of the domains affected. Future studies should investigate the differences seen and the need for better holistic management of AD taking into consideration the various needs of the different patient groups.||Source Title:||Proceedings of Singapore Healthcare||URI:||http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/124631||ISSN:||20101058|
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