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Sinikumpu, S.‐P., Jokelainen, J., Haarala, A.K., Keränen, M.‐H., Keinänen‐Kiukaanniemi, S. and Huilaja, L. (2020), The High Prevalence of Skin Diseases in Adults Aged 70 and Older. J Am Geriatr Soc, 68: 2565-2571. https://doi.org/10.1111/jgs.16706

The high prevalence of skin diseases in adults aged 70 and older

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Author: Sinikumpu, Suvi‐Päivikki1,2; Jokelainen, Jari3; Haarala, Anna K.1,2;
Organizations: 1Department of Dermatology, University Hospital of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Medical Research Center, PEDEGO Research Group, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
3Infrastructure for Population Studies, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
4Medical Research Center, Clinical Neuroscience Research Group, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
5Department of Geriatrics, Oulu University Hospital of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
6Faculty of Medicine, Center for Life Course Health Research, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
7Healthcare and Social Services of Selänne, Pyhäjärvi, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 2 MB)
Persistent link: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2020083164636
Language: English
Published: John Wiley & Sons, 2020
Publish Date: 2021-08-04
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Abstract

Background/Objectives: To determine the prevalence of skin findings and skin diseases in adults aged 70 and older, and to study the association between cutaneous diseases and socioeconomic status (SES), sex, and living status in the older population.

Design: Cross‐sectional study of Finnish adults aged 70 to 93 as part of the Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1966 Study.

Settings: Skin examination data were available for 552 adults.

Measurements: A whole‐body skin examination was performed by dermatologists. The associations between skin diseases and SES, sex, and living status were analyzed.

Results: Nearly 80% of the adults had at least one skin disease that required further treatment or follow‐up. More than one‐third of the study cases (39.1%) had three or more simultaneous skin diseases. Skin diseases were more common in men than in women (P < .001). The most common skin diseases were tinea pedis (48.6%), onychomycosis (29.9%), rosacea (25.6%), actinic keratosis (22.3%), and asteatotic eczema (20.8%). Some association was found between skin diseases and SES and living status.

Conclusion: A whole‐body clinical skin examination is important because it reveals important diagnoses.

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Series: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
ISSN: 0002-8614
ISSN-E: 1532-5415
ISSN-L: 0002-8614
Volume: 68
Issue: 11
Pages: 2565 - 2571
DOI: 10.1111/jgs.16706
OADOI: https://oadoi.org/10.1111/jgs.16706
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 3121 General medicine, internal medicine and other clinical medicine
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Copyright information: © 2020 The American Geriatrics Society. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Sinikumpu, S.‐P., Jokelainen, J., Haarala, A.K., Keränen, M.‐H., Keinänen‐Kiukaanniemi, S. and Huilaja, L. (2020), The High Prevalence of Skin Diseases in Adults Aged 70 and Older. J Am Geriatr Soc, 68: 2565-2571, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/jgs.16706. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving."