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BACKGROUND Psoriasis has a great impact on the quality of life of patients, and the ageing population is an important public health issue. OBJECTIVES To investigate whether older patients with psoriasis have a different impairment in quality of life compared with younger patients, considering level of severity, duration of disease, gender and(More)
BACKGROUND There is a high prevalence of psychiatric disorders in dermatological outpatients. OBJECTIVES To estimate the magnitude of this problem and to identify a set of variables associated with the presence of psychiatric disorder. METHODS All adults attending the outpatient clinics of a dermatological hospital on predetermined days were given a(More)
BACKGROUND The main dermatology textbooks describe only in passing pruritus in psoriasis and rarely mention other symptoms. A quantification of the presence of symptoms is not available for clinical subgroups of psoriasis. OBJECTIVES To investigate the prevalence of symptoms experienced by patients with different clinical types of psoriasis. METHODS The(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the relationship between skin-related quality of life and psychiatric morbidity in patients with different skin conditions. METHODS We recruited all adults attending the outpatient clinics of the Dermatological Institute IDI-IRCCS, Rome, Italy, during 14 predetermined days. Eligible patients, who gave their informed consent,(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of our study was to evaluate human papillomavirus (HPV) infection as a risk factor for cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) in immunocompetent individuals. DESIGN Hospital-based case-control study. SETTING Referral center for dermatologic diseases for central and southern Italy. PARTICIPANTS Consecutive patients with(More)
BACKGROUND Quality of life is increasingly recognized as an important measure in dermatology. The Skindex-29 is a self-administered questionnaire recently developed to measure comprehensively the complex effects of skin diseases on patients' quality of life. OBJECTIVE We aimed to provide further evidence of the reliability and validity of the Skindex-29(More)
Although the onset of alopecia areata has often been anecdotally linked with emotional stress, findings from the few controlled studies have not been univocal. The authors compared outpatients experiencing a recent onset of alopecia areata (N=21) with outpatients affected by skin conditions commonly believed as having a low psychosomatic component (N=102).(More)
The authors' aim was to investigate the role of stressful events, perceived social support, attachment security, and alexithymia in triggering exacerbations of diffuse plaque psoriasis. Inpatients experiencing a recent exacerbation of diffuse plaque psoriasis (N=33) were compared with inpatients with skin conditions believed to have a negligible(More)
BACKGROUND Research data suggest that the detection of psychiatric disorders by dermatologists is not completely satisfactory, and that patients and dermatologists often assess patients' quality of life differently. Given that expectations influence perception and cognitia, these discrepancies might at least in part descend from conceptual models of skin(More)
BACKGROUND General anesthesia has been reported to compromise several cell-mediated immune functions. Hence it is plausible that anesthesia could affect the postoperative outcome of cancer patients. OBJECTIVE To study the influence of the type of anesthesia on survival of 459 patients with localized cutaneous melanoma observed between 1980 and 1991. (More)