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Official Journal of the Italian Society of Dermatology and Sexually Transmitted Diseases
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Online ISSN 1827-1820
QUALITY OF LIFE IN DERMATOLOGY: AN INCREASINGLY CRUCIAL ISSUE
Salek M. S., Kamudoni P.
Centre for Socioeconomic Research, Cardiff School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK
It is now recognized that therapy should not only seek to cure disease, but also to affect outcomes that matter to the patients the most; those related to their functioning in their everyday life and their overall quality of life. In those situations where elimination of disease/complete cure is not possible for example in chronic conditions, limiting the complications from the illness, so that patients can still maintain a comfortable and satisfying life, becomes the goal of treatment. This coupled with the growing patient rights movement and the need for patients to be a part of treatment decision-making process means that patient’s health-related quality of life is no longer just an important consequence of health-care, but it is increasingly regarded as an explicit ultimate goal.