Mohammad KA Basra; Muhammad Shahrukh


Expert Rev Pharmacoeconomics Outcomes Res. 2009;9(3):271-283. 

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Vitiligo affects approximately 1% of the global population.[93] It is particularly a problem for pigmented races and causes greater disability compared with that in fair-skinned individuals.[94] Although the disability and QoL impairment due to symptoms of the disease or its treatment is not marked, the visible disfigurement resulting from vitiligo can have a devastating impact on a patient's psychosocial status. Approximately 75% of the vitiligo sufferers find their appearance moderately to severely intolerable.[95] Psychologically patients could be affected in a number of ways; for example, many of them have low self-esteem, fear, anxiety, stress and a feeling of shame in social interactions.[96,97,98] Apart from its emotional impact, clothing, social life, leisure activities and daily routine were also found to be affected in patients.[99] The QoL in female patients was more impaired than men and was equal to the impairment caused by psoriasis.[99] Moreover, many patients experience a negative impact on their sexual relationships, the main cause being feeling of embarrassment and the fear of revealing the body.[100]


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