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EVALUATION OF PRESCRIPTION PATTERN AND QUALITY OF LIFE IN ACNE IN TERTIARY CARE HOSPITAL IN NORTH INDIAN POPULATION
Dr. Nalini Negi*, Dr. Sumir Kumar, Sourabh Kosey and Vir Vikram Sharma
The aim of this study was to evaluate the prescription pattern and Quality of Life of patients and severity of the disease by using Cardiff Acne Disability Index and Global Acne Grading System score respectively. A cross-sectional study was conducted in North India with 150 samples of patients included into the study. The prescription pattern comprehends the information about the prescribed drugs and also their dosing pattern for different indications that are currently being used in clinical practice. The prescription pattern varies according to the severity of the disease. The cases in the study diagnosed were mostly of acne vulgaris (96.7%), followed by acne conglobata (1.3%), acne rosaceae (1.3%) and acne fulminans (0.7%). It was noted that oral Isotretinoin was the drug of choice for the treatment of moderate and severe forms and antibiotics included into the therapy were minocycline, clindamycin, azithromycin and erythromycin for mild and severe forms. There was not a strong degree of association between therapy and improvement in Cardiff Acne Disability Index and Global Acne Grading System but by observing overall Cardiff Acne Disability Index improvement it can be estimated that the prescription practice used for therapy enhances Quality of Life of the patient.[Full Text Article]