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International Journal of Applied Research

Vol. 6, Issue 10, Part K (2020)

The impact of skin diseases on quality of life at two teaching tertiary hospitals in Dar es Saalam, Tanzania

Author(s)
Yamikani Mastala
Abstract
Background: Most skin diseases exert powerful negative impact on quality of life. The study aimed at describing types of skin diseases and their impact on quality of life among medical patients. Methodology: Hospital based cross-sectional study among adult dermatology patients. Socio-demographic, clinical, laboratory, histological and quality of life data were recorded in all patients. Results: 608 subjects were enrolled; 580(95.4%) outpatients and 28(4.6%) inpatients. Eczematous dermatitis (42.4%) and infections/infestations (25.2%) were commonest among outpatients compared to autoimmune disorders (32.1%) among inpatients. Mean dermatology life quality index scores among inpatients and outpatients were 17.5(±7.8) and 10.41(±6.82) respectively. The proportion of patients with dermatology life quality index scores of >10 was 67.9% for inpatients compared to 47.1% among outpatients (p=0.012). Females had higher mean dermatology life quality index scores compared to males among outpatients 11.05(±6.8) vs 9.58 (±6.7), p = 0.023. Conclusion: Different types of skin diseases varied on effect of quality of life.
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How to cite this article:
Yamikani Mastala. The impact of skin diseases on quality of life at two teaching tertiary hospitals in Dar es Saalam, Tanzania. Int J Appl Res 2020;6(10):655-663.
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