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Health-Related Quality of Life, Depression and Anxiety Correlate with the Degree of Hirsutism
Örebro University Hospital, Sweden .
Örebro University Hospital, Sweden .
Linnaeus University, Sweden .
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linnaeus University, Sweden .
2013 (English)In: Dermatology, ISSN 1018-8665, E-ISSN 1420-9832, Vol. 227, no 3, 278-284 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Hirsutism has a negative impact on womens quality of life. The relation between quality of life, anxiety, depression and the level of hairiness has not been described. Aims: To investigate the correlations between the levels of hairiness, quality of life, anxiety and depression. Methods: 200 patients from Malmo, Orebro and Uppsala, who had been in contact with the clinics for problems with excessive hair growth, were invited to answer a self-administered questionnaire including sociodemographic questions, EQ-5D index score, Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLOI), Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) and Ferriman-Gallwey scale (F-G); of these, 127 women participated in the study. Results: The mean values were: EQ-5D index 0.73 (SD = 0.27), EQ visual analogue scale 61.0 (SD = 22.6), HADS-anxiety 9.5 +/- 5.3 and HADS-depression 6.5 +/- 4.6. The mean DLQI was 11.8 +/- 8.4, indicating a very large effect on patients lives. All were significantly correlated with the amount of hairiness. Conclusions: Higher levels of hair growth were significantly correlated with a lower level of quality of life and symptoms of both anxiety and depression.

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Karger , 2013. Vol. 227, no 3, 278-284 p.
Keyword [en]
Hirsutism, Ferriman-Gallwey scale, Poor health-related quality of life, Dermatology Life Quality Index, EQ-5D index score, Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, Low health status
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Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-102725DOI: 10.1159/000355356ISI: 000327675500014OAI: diva2:681153

Funding Agencies|Nyckelfonden||Orebro County Council||

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