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Research Letter
August 18, 2008

Characteristics of Patients With Universal Vitiligo and Health-Related Quality of Life

Arch Dermatol. 2008;144(8):1062-1064. doi:10.1001/archderm.144.8.1062

Little is known about universal vitiligo, a rare type of vitiligo in which more than 80% of the skin is depigmented. We do not know whether patient characteristics differ from those in the more common types of vitiligo. Moreover, nothing is known about health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in these patients. The aims of this study were to describe characteristics and HRQOL of patients with universal vitiligo and to compare these with the characteristics and HRQOL of patients with general vitiligo.

All adult patients (>18 years) having universal vitiligo diagnosed at the Netherlands Institute for Pigment Disorders (NIPD), Amsterdam, were mailed a package containing information about the study, an informed consent form, a questionnaire booklet with a questionnaire on patient characteristics and 2 QOL questionnaires—the 36-item Dutch Short Form (SF-36)1 and the 29-item Dutch Skindex (Skindex-29)2—and a stamped return envelope. In case a patient did not respond, the patient was reminded by telephone with a maximum of 3 follow-up calls.