Health-related quality of life (HRQoL) among patients with alopecia areata (AA): A systematic review

    Lucy Liu, Brittany G. Craiglow
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    TLDR People with alopecia areata, a skin disease, generally have a poor quality of life, especially if more of their scalp is affected.
    In 2016, a systematic review was conducted on the health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in patients with alopecia areata (AA), a common skin disease that often has significant emotional impact. The review incorporated data from 11 studies, involving a total of 1986 patients. The findings consistently showed that patients with AA had poor HRQoL scores, with a greater extent of scalp involvement correlating with lower HRQoL. The HRQoL experienced by patients with AA was found to be similar to that seen in patients with other chronic skin diseases, such as atopic dermatitis and psoriasis.
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