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Dermatology Research and Practice
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 108624, 6 pages
Research Article

Evaluating of Life Quality in Patients with Acne Vulgaris Using Generic and Specific Questionnaires

1Department of Dermatology, Birjand University of Medical Sciences, Ghaffari Street, Birjand 9717735338, Iran
2Faculty of Nursing, Birjand University of Medical Sciences, Ghaffari Street, Birjand 9717735338, Iran
3Department of Paediatric Dentistry, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Dental School, Ghasrodasht Street, Shiraz 7196515878, Iran

Received 21 July 2013; Accepted 18 September 2013

Academic Editor: Craig G. Burkhart

Copyright © 2013 Reza Ghaderi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. Acne vulgaris is a common skin disease that can adversely affect the quality of life of patients. Objective. The aim of this study was to determine the quality of life in patients with acne vulgaris. Methods. This study was carried out on 70 patients with acne vulgaris (28 males, 42 females). All the patients filled out two Persian versions of questionnaires: short form 36 (SF-36) and Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI). The obtained data were analyzed by using SPSS software (version 17). Results. The scores for physical functioning, social functioning, and bodily pain domains in patients were over 70%, but the scores for role physical, general health, vitality, role emotional, and mental health in patients were under 70%. Scores on the DLQI in patients with acne vulgaris ranged from 0 to 22 (mean ± SD, 8.18 ± 4.83). After comparing mean score of DLQI with respect to gender and age, it was found that the difference between the two groups was not statistically significant. Conclusion. Acne vulgaris has a significant effect on the quality of life. There was not any significant gender or age related difference in QOL.