What are the adverse socioeconomic effects of hidradenitis suppurativa (HS)?

Updated: Aug 30, 2019
  • Author: Marina Jovanovic, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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The disorder has significant socioeconomic effects as well. Jemec et al documented, in the Danish population, an average of 2.7 lost work days per year due to hidradenitis suppurativa (overall workdays lost was 7.5). [49] The general self-reported level of health, which is well correlated with more objective parameters of morbidity, was also significantly worse among hidradenitis suppurativa patients than healthy control subjects. [49] The mean Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI) score for hidradenitis suppurativa is higher than for previously studied skin diseases, indicating significant morbidity for those affected. [4]


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