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July 28, 2021

What Matters the Most to Adult Women With Acne?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Dermatology, The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey
  • 2Department of Pediatrics, Penn State Children’s Hospital, Hershey, Pennsylvania
  • 3Department of Dermatology, Harrogate Foundation Trust, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
JAMA Dermatol. 2021;157(9):1035-1037. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2021.2184

Acne is the eighth most prevalent disease worldwide, and its negative health-related quality-of-life consequences are seen across all ages.1,2 Traditionally, patient preferences are not often considered in designing an acne treatment plan, which can lead to negative effects on adherence and patient satisfaction.

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    Listening to Patients
    Stuart Garrie, MD | Retired dermatologist and psychiatrist
    Most studies of acne treatment give measurements of improvement regarding numbers of comedones, papule, pustules, nodules--perhaps it is easier to count lesions than listen to what patients want to achieve as far as their acne control. Listening and discussing their concerns about treatment modalities risks might lead to better compliance. Unconscious fears do govern behavior.