Acne patients may have severe quality-of-life (QoL) impairment; consequently, various national and international recommendations propose assessing health-related QoL (HRQoL) in patients with acne as an important aspect of acne care. Incorporating QoL evaluation into core result sets is currently a common approach.
There are several acne-specific QoL surveys available, but none cover all of the issues covered by other instruments. Acne’s influence on many areas of QoL may differ across patients of different ages. The European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology Task Force on Quality of Life and Patient-Oriented Outcomes has launched research to investigate the importance of several QoL problems in patients with acne.
Detailed advice on treatment objectives and adjustments in treatment procedures based on a validated banding system and a minimal clinically significant difference in HRQoL surveys might be a significant and promising strategy.