Consider mental health of patients with even mild acne, research shows

Clinicians should consider the psychological effects of skin diseases such as acne even in cases that are not clinically regarded as severe, UK research suggests.

Acne: Patient view of severity better predictor pf psychological morbidity
Acne: Patient view of severity better predictor pf psychological morbidity
A study looking at the agreement between patients' own assessment of the severity of their skin disease and that of an objective clinical assessment found only a modest link between the two.

It showed that a patient's own view of severity was a better predictor of psychological morbidity than the objective measure.

Researchers from the University of Newcastle had collected patient reported self-assessment and clinician-led objective assessments of 108 patients with acne, psoriasis or atopic eczema.

They concluded that clinicans should consider the physcological impact of skin diseases not just in those with objectively more skin disease but in those across many different levels of severity.

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