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Spring 2006, Vol. 14 No. 1

Hong Kong J. Dermatol. Venereol. (2006) 14, 5-10


Original Article

Health-related quality of life among Chinese people with psoriasis in Hong Kong

CT Tse 謝志達 and KM Ho 何景文

Abstract
Psoriasis is a common skin disease that may impair health-related quality of life (HRQOL). We sought to describe the HRQOL among local Chinese people with psoriasis by SF-36 Health Survey and to examine the relationship between HRQOL and clinical severity. The SF-36 scores of 132 adult Chinese patients with psoriasis were significantly lower than that of the sex- and age-matched HK healthy controls. This reduction of functioning in psoriasis was comparable to that of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome or bronchiectasis. The SF-36 scores had weak correlations with modified PASI suggesting that patient-reported HRQOL and physician-assessed clinical severity were two independent outcome measures. (Hong Kong J. Dermatol. Venereol. (2006) 14, 5-10)