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A psychometric study of patients with nail dystrophies.
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PMID:  11712029     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Survey studies suggest that patients with various dermatologic conditions experience concomitant psychologic distress. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine which types of psychologic distress may be correlated with dystrophic disease of the nail in nonpsychiatric patients. METHODS: Fifty-seven adult subjects presenting for treatment of nail dystrophies completed a survey instrument, which included 5 psychometric measures. RESULTS: On average, patients rated the severity of their nail dystrophy and functional deficit higher (7.40/10 and 6.00, respectively) than investigators (6.15 and 3.75, respectively). Compared with age- and sex-matched nonpsychiatric patients, subjects in the study were moderately more anxious and minimally to mildly more depressed. Subjects had moderately depressed total self-concept, but their body image was approximately normal. Overall, subjects exhibited markedly more severe psychologic symptoms (84th percentile) than the normal sample, with the scores on the psychoticism, obsessive-compulsive, and paranoid ideation subscales being the most elevated. CONCLUSION: The subjects with nail dystrophy had markedly exacerbated psychologic symptoms compared with age- and sex-matched nonpsychiatric patients.
M Alam; M Moossavi; I Ginsburg; R K Scher
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology     Volume:  45     ISSN:  0190-9622     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Am. Acad. Dermatol.     Publication Date:  2001 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-11-16     Completed Date:  2001-12-28     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7907132     Medline TA:  J Am Acad Dermatol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  851-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Dermatology and Psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York, New York, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Nail Diseases / psychology*
Stress, Psychological / complications

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