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Kauppi, S., Jokelainen, J., Timonen, M., Tasanen, K., & Huilaja, L. (2019). Adult Patients with Atopic Eczema have a High Burden of Psychiatric Disease: A Finnish Nationwide Registry Study. Acta Dermato Venereologica, 99(7), 647–651.

Adult patients with atopic eczema have a high burden of psychiatric disease : a Finnish nationwide registry study

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Author: Kauppi, Saana1,2; Jokelainen, Jari3,4; Timonen, Markku4;
Organizations: 1PEDEGO Research Unit, University of Oulu
2Department of Dermatology and Medical Research Center Oulu
3Unit of General Practice, Oulu University Hospital
4Center for Life Course Epidemiology and Systems Medicine, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Society for Publication of Acta Dermato-Venereologica, 2019
Publish Date: 2020-03-05


Atopic dermatitis is associated with several comorbidities. Epidemiological studies on psychiatric comorbidities in adult atopic dermatitis patients are sparse. We analyzed psychiatric comorbidities in a Finnish nationwide adult atopic dermatitis cohort. The study included 57,690 adult patients with atopic dermatitis as cases and 40,363 individuals diagnosed with melanocytic naevi as controls. Data was obtained from the statutory Finnish Care Register for Health Care. The prevalence of preselected comorbidities between the atopic dermatitis and control groups was compared. Every psychiatric disorder studied was more common in patients with atopic dermatitis than in controls. At least one psychiatric diagnosis was found in 17.2% of the atopic dermatitis patients and 13.1% of controls. Psychiatric morbidity is significant in patients with atopic dermatitis and therefore assessing patients’ mental health status should be considered as part of standard care.

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Series: Acta dermato-venereologica
ISSN: 0001-5555
ISSN-E: 1651-2057
ISSN-L: 0001-5555
Volume: 99
Issue: 7
Pages: 647 - 651
DOI: 10.2340/00015555-3165
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 3121 General medicine, internal medicine and other clinical medicine
3124 Neurology and psychiatry
Copyright information: This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC license. Journal Compilation © 2019 Acta Dermato-Venereologica.