Instruments that measure the quality of life in atopic dermatitis among children and adolescents

Author(s): Claudia Soido Falcao do Amaral, Maria de Fatima Bazhuni Pombo March, Clemax Couto SantAnna

Atopic dermatitis (AD) continues to be a stigmatizing disease that has a negative impact on the quality of life of patients and their families. Despite increasing knowledge about the disease, its prevalence has been increasing in the last few decades. There has been a significant growth in the number of questionnaires used in the evaluation of quality of life in AD. Consequently, the numbers of clinical trials addressing the topic have also increased. This review will sumarize the recent research on AD. The objective of this review is to discuss the contribution of the different instruments used to evaluate quality of life of AD patients, in order that the necessary multidisciplinary approach is instituted routinely in the different health services around the world.