Health-related quality of life (HRQoL) assessment in patients with acne is recommended by several national guidelines. There are several acne-specific HRQoL instruments.
Participants of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV) Task Forces (TFs) on QoL and Patient Oriented Outcomes (PO) and Acne, Rosacea, and Hidradenitis Suppurativa (ARHS) agreed to scrutinize aspects of existing acne-specific HRQoL instruments for their relevance in international study.
Consensus agreement on items related to QoL was reached after an independent assessment by seven experts from the EADV TFs on QoL and PO, and a list of 97 items was prepared and proposed to a group of acne patients. In order to have data from patients to check if any important topics were overseen, another group of acne patients from participating countries was asked to list how acne influenced different aspects of their lives.
Based on results obtained from 601 acne patients from nine countries, most of the items and topics showed low relevance for acne patients especially during the previous month or shorter time periods. Based on percentage of relevance and factor analysis, short (6 items) and long (45 items) lists of the most relevant topics were formed.
Most of the items and topics from the initial list showed low relevance for acne patients. None of the identified acne-specific HRQoL instruments contain all the items that were deemed most relevant to acne patients. For this reason, participating members of the EADV TFs on QoL and PO, and ARHs are in the process of developing a new acne-specific HRQoL instrument.

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