A COMPARATIVE STUDY ON EFFECT OF ENDOGENOUS AND EXOGENOUS ECZEMA ON QUALITY OF LIFE
Objective: To compare the effect of endogenous and exogenous eczema on quality of life using Dermatology Life Quality Index.
Study Design: Cross- sectional comparative study.
Place and Duration of Study: Dermatology Department, Pak Emirates Military Hospital Rawalpindi, for a period of 6 months, from Jan to Jul 2017.
Methodology: A predesigned DLQI questionnaire was distributed to 323 patients and data was collected by non-probability consecutive sampling. DLQI of endogenous and exogenous eczema was compared and data was analyzed by using SPSS version 22.
Results: Out of 323 patients, 145 (44.9%) were males and 178 (51.5%) were females. The mean age was 32.35 ± 13 years. Endogenous eczema was present in 194 (60%) patients while 129 (40%) patients had exogenous eczema. The mean DLQI score of endogenous eczema was 12.25 ± 7.76 and that of exogenous eczema was 10.36 ± 6.08 with p-value of 0.021 which was less than 0.05 and therefore significant.
Conclusion: Endogenous eczema had considerably more negative impact on quality of life as compared to exogenous eczema.