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Ann Dermatol. Aug 2012; 24(3): 311–318.
Published online Jul 25, 2012. doi:  10.5021/ad.2012.24.3.311
PMCID: PMC3412240

Quality of Life Assessment in Male Patients with Androgenetic Alopecia: Result of a Prospective, Multicenter Study

Sung-Hyub Han, M.D., Ji-Won Byun, M.D., Won-Soo Lee, M.D., Ph.D.,1 Hoon Kang, M.D., Ph.D.,2 Yong-Chul Kye, M.D., Ph.D.,3 Ki-Ho Kim, M.D., Ph.D.,4 Do-Won Kim, M.D., Ph.D.,5 Moon-Bum Kim, M.D., Ph.D.,6 Seong-Jin Kim, M.D., Ph.D.,7 Hyung-Ok Kim, M.D., Ph.D.,2 Woo-Young Sim, M.D., Ph.D.,8 Tae-Young Yoon, M.D., Ph.D.,9 Chang-Hun Huh, M.D., Ph.D.,10 Seung-Sik Hwang, M.D., Ph.D.,11 Byung-In Ro, M.D., Ph.D.,12 and Gwang-Seong Choi, M.D., Ph.D.corresponding author

Abstract

Background

Androgenetic alopecia (AGA) is a common hair loss disease with genetic predisposition among men and women, and it may commence at any age after puberty. It may significantly affect a variety of psychological and social aspects of one's life and the individual's overall quality of life (QoL).

Objective

This study aimed to investigate the QoL of AGA patients and discover the factors that can influence the QoL of AGA patients, including previous experience in non-medical hair care, reasons for hospital visits, age, duration, and the severity of AGA.

Methods

A total of 998 male patients with AGA were interviewed, using the Hair Specific Skindex-29 to evaluate the QoL of AGA patients.

Results

The results of the Hair Specific Skindex-29 on patients with AGA were as follows: symptom scale: 26.3±19.5, function scale: 24.0±20.1, emotion scale: 32.1±21.8, and global score: 27.3±19.1. According to this assessment, QoL was more damaged if the patient had severe alopecia, a longer duration of AGA, younger age, had received previous non-medical hair care, and visited the hospital for AGA treatment.

Conclusion

This study showed that AGA could harmfully affect the patients' QoL. These findings indicate that dermatologists should address these QoL issues when treating patients with alopecia.

Keywords: Alopecia, Androgenetic, Quality of life

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