Howdo skin diseases affect the family quality of life?
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The aim of this study was to identity the impact of skin diseases on the QoL of the patient's household family members. Patients and methods One hundred adult family members of patients with different skin conditions were ' included in this study. The participantswere divided into two disease category groups: inflammatory group (family members of patientswith inflammatory skin diseases) and noninflammatory group (family members with patients with noninflammatory diseases or isolated fesions).Then, the family dermatology life quality index scores between.the.. two disease categories were compared. Each group was analyzed to examine the relationship between different diseases. Each group was analyzed, to examine the relationship between different diseases in terms of their impact on family quality of life. Results The impact of skin diseases on family members who live in urban,are^s was ; , significantly higher than those living in rural areas. The impact of inflammatory skin; diseases on family members was highly significant (P<0.0001) than that of , noninflammatory ones. Conclusion This study had shown that caregivers to patients with skin diseasesnotonly had/to cope with the effects of the patients' disease but also with other individual items of family quality of life. The family dermatology life quality index seerris to t>e &useful tool to evaluate the burden of a skin disease on family caregivers and has been shown to be statistically reliable and valid.