Background: Rosacea is a chronic disorder with fluctuating severity and encompasses a spectrum of changes. It affects both sexes and all races but is more common on fair skin colored individuals.
Significance of the study: Adequate studies on the impact and magnitude of rosacea in Ethiopia has not been done. This study is, thus aimed to provide base line information on the psychological impact of the disease. Previous studies show that those with rosacea are often affected by emotional disturbance and social stigma, and many reports show depression, anxiety, embarrassment and lowered self-esteem on the affected individuals. (1)
Objective: To assess the psychological impact on patients with rosacea seen at dermatology clinic in ALERT hospital
Method: A prospective cross-sectional study design is used in the time period from May to September 2019. All dermatologic patients attending ALERT dermatovenereology clinic are the source population and patients who are diagnosed clinically with rosacea is the study population. The Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI) is used to assess the psychological impact of rosacea. A total of 138 patients were included in the study.
Result: A total pf 138 patients complete the study of which majority are females. The mean ± SD total DLQI score was 10.72 ±4.69 (range 0–24). The total DLQI was significantly affected by duration of illness above 10 years(P=0.01) and outdoor work activity(P=0.035).
Conclusion: Duration of illness have a significant impact on quality of life and the longer the duration of illness the higher the impact. Patients who are working in outdoor activity have more psychological impact.