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Editorial
July 2009

Quality of Life and Skin DiseasesBe Careful With Counterfeit . . . 

Arch Dermatol. 2009;145(7):813-814. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2009.147

Quality of life is a concept that is very hard to define, although everybody has their own intuition of what it refers to. The idea of health-related quality of life (HRQOL) was born in highly developed countries, in which avoiding death was no longer the only health management challenge. Like all luxury and up-to-date products, HRQOL measures are open to counterfeit. The PRISM (Pictorial Representation of Illness and Self Measure) tool1 might be one of them. Whether it is a good or bad counterfeit remains to be known.

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