Quality of life in pediatric dermatology

Dermatol Clin. 2013 Apr;31(2):211-21. doi: 10.1016/j.det.2012.12.010. Epub 2013 Jan 31.


Skin disease is highly prevalent in the United States, and it has been well-documented that patients with skin disease experience financial, psychological, social, and quality-of-life (QoL) burdens beyond those of the general population. Pediatric patients and their caregivers are particularly vulnerable to the burden of skin disease. Over the past decade disease-specific indices for QoL measurement in pediatric dermatology have been developed. Most of this research has focused on acne, atopic dermatitis, hemangiomas, ichythosis, psoriasis, and vitiligo. This article provides an overview of QoL assessment in pediatric dermatology for these six conditions.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Age Factors
  • Attitude to Health
  • Caregivers / psychology
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Dermatology
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Quality of Life / psychology*
  • Severity of Illness Index*
  • Skin Diseases / psychology*
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires