The Skindex instruments to measure the effects of skin disease on quality of life

Dermatol Clin. 2012 Apr;30(2):231-6, xiii. doi: 10.1016/j.det.2011.11.003. Epub 2011 Dec 20.


Skindex-29 and Skindex-16 are validated measures of the effects of skin diseases on patients' quality of life. This article reviews the development of both versions of Skindex, discusses their measurement properties and interpretability, and gives examples of how they have been used and adapted for dermatologic research internationally. Studies of quality of life in patients with nonmelanoma skin cancer are described to illustrate the use of Skindex to understand quality of life and to compare effectiveness of different treatments for this highly prevalent condition.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care*
  • Quality of Life*
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Skin Diseases / psychology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires*
  • United States