EADV Taskforce's recommendations on measurement of health-related quality of life in paediatric dermatology

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Abstract

The impact of skin conditions in children can profoundly affect a variety of lifestyle parameters that may have important personal consequences. Several national guidelines for children with different skin conditions recommend health-related quality of life (HRQoL) measurement as part of the assessment process. HRQoL also plays an important role in educational programmes for children with chronic skin conditions and their parents. In this paper, the EADV Taskforce on Quality of life provides researchers and clinicians data on the achievements in this field, as well as the peculiarities of HRQoL assessment in children, and an overview of the most commonly used and validated generic, dermatology-specific and disease-specific instruments related to paediatric dermatology. Finally, an analysis of the current problems of HRQoL assessment in children with skin diseases and directions for future studies are also discussed. The main goal of this paper is to help dermatologists decide which HRQoL instrument to use with children, depending on the context.

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