In a retrospective cohort study conducted in the Kaiser Permanente Southern California health plan, Wu and coauthors assessed whether patients with psoriasis treated with tumor necrosis factor inhibitors have a decreased risk of myocardial infarction compared with those not treated with tumor necrosis factor inhibitors.
To validate the Person-Centered Dermatology Self-Care Index as a tool for clinical assessment and for potential use in research, Cowdell and colleagues examined frequency distributions of all items among 145 copies completed with patients during their usual outpatient consultation, and internal consistency was summarized using Cronbach a. See practice gap by Feldman and Sandoval.
Berger and coauthors investigate the frequency, epidemiology, clinical features, and prognostic significance of inflamed molluscum, molluscum dermatitis, reactive papular eruptions resembling Gianotti-Crosti syndrome, and atopic dermatitis in patients with molluscum contagiosum.
Aneja and coauthors determined if interactive computerized patient education, skin self-examination tutorials, and telecommunication reminders could be combined to increase patient performance of skin self-examinations, increase confidence in ability to identify melanoma, and influence individual melanoma risk perception.
Facial attractiveness is associated with health-related quality of life (QoL). Beresniak et al perform an international validation study of their BeautyQoL instrument.
Stump dermatoses significantly affect quality of life in patients undergoing amputations. Yang et al surveyed a group of veterans 38 years or more after amputation and assessed skin disease.
Shumaker et al report on 3 cases of chronic scarring in which the patients underwent successful ablative fractional laser resurfacing.
Brightman and colleagues suggest that ablative fractional resurfacing should be considered for the treatment of textural skin changes associated with involuted infantile hemangiomas.
Lönngren and colleagues report a case of allergic contact dermatitis caused by the use of hair dye containing paraphenylenediamine.
Vrijman et al critically appraise the evidence on the measurement properties of clinician-, patient-, and observer-reported outcomes, measuring any construct of interest in patients with all types of vitiligo. See Editor’s Note by Bigby.