Introduction

Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a chronically relapsing skin disorder characterized by recurring inflammatory lesions leading to fistulae and sclerosis of apocrine-gland-bearing areas [3]. One or several areas are affected, including the perianal region, groin, pubis, scrotum, buttocks, inner thighs, and areola. The disease leads to painful nodules and malodorous discharge and the available treatments are only partially effective and unsatisfactory. Affected patients suffer a significant morbidity and it is self-evident that HS has a psychological impact especially upon quality of life (QoL) and mental health. In this chapter we will review these two aspects.

Introduction 116

Concept and Measure of Quality of Life .116 Why Try to Measure Quality of Life? 116 Reporting the Viewpoint of Patients: Methods ofMeasurement of Quality of Life 117

Reporting the Viewpoint of Physicians:

Uniform Outcome Variables 117

Practical Approach Reconciling the Viewpoints of Patients and Physicians 117

Impact of HS upon Quality of Life 117

Altered Self-Reported Health:

Qualitative Approach 117

Measure of Quality of Life:

Quantitative Approach 118

Impaired Quality of Life:

What Conclusion? 118

Conclusion for Patients 118

Conclusion for Physicians 119

References 119

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