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Evidence-Based Dermatology: Research Commentary
June 2001

Can Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Help Patients With Vitiligo?

Arch Dermatol. 2001;137(6):786-788. doi:10-1001/pubs.Arch Dermatol.-ISSN-0003-987x-137-6-deb1001a

Coping With the Disfiguring Effects of Vitiligo: A Preliminary Investigation Into the Effects of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy

Papadopoulos L, Bor R, and Legg C

Br J Med Psychol. 1999;72:385-396

Vitiligo is a chronic skin disease that can have a profound impact on patients' lives. It can affect lives in a variety of ways consistent with having perceived stigma,1 and many patients experience substantial psychological distress.1,2 The objective of the study by Papadopoulos et al was to assess the efficacy of psychological counseling using cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) in improving self-esteem, body image, and quality of life in patients with vitiligo. It also aimed at investigating the effect of CBT on the course of the skin condition itself.

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