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Minerva Psichiatrica 2003 March;44(1):11-8

language: Italian

Psychopathology and quality of life in dermatology in a service of Liaison-consultation psychiatry

Angelini G., Lerda S., Ansaldi S., Brignolo A.

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Background. The goal of this study is to highlight the psychiatric diseases in chronic forms of dermatosis. For this purpose, we measured anxiety and depression symptoms and the relation to quality of life.
Methods. Thirty-five dermatological inpatients (14 men and 21 women) were interviewed and a set of questionnaires was porposed at the moment of admission. The tests were as follows: State-Trait Anxiety Inventory of Spielberger (STAI), Self-Rating Depressive Scale of Zung (SDS), and Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI).
Results. Analysis of the data showed that 83% and 74% of the sample present symptoms of anxiety and depression. Age and level of education highlight a positive correlation with psychopathological variables. Therefore a significant relationship was found between health-related quality of life and demographic and clinical variables.
Conclusions. Our results show the greater psychiatric morbidity in dermatology and we confirm the effects on quality of life of dermatosis. A link is necessary a linkage between the traditional model of assistance and a Service of Liaison-Consultation Psychiatry.

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