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Clinical Features and Awareness of Hand Eczema in Korea

 Jae Beom Park  ;  Seung Ho Lee  ;  Kea Jeung Kim  ;  Ga-Young Lee  ;  Jun-Mo Yang  ;  Do Won Kim  ;  Seok Jong Lee  ;  Cheol Heon Lee  ;  Eun Joo Park  ;  Kyu Han Kim  ;  Hee Chul Eun  ;  Sung Eun Chang  ;  Kee Chan Moon  ;  Seong Hyun Kim  ;  Seong Jin Kim  ;  Byung-Soo Kim  ;  Jun Young Lee  ;  Hyung-Ok Kim  ;  Hoon Kang  ;  Min Geol Lee  ;  Soo-Chan Kim  ;  Young Suck Ro  ;  Joo Yeon Ko  ;  Mi Youn Park  ;  Myung Hwa Kim  ;  Jeong Hyun Shin  ;  Hae Young Choi  ;  Chang Kwun Hong  ;  Sung Yul Lee  ;  Hana Bak  ;  Sang Wook Son  ;  Ai Young Lee 
 ANNALS OF DERMATOLOGY, Vol.28(3) : 335-343, 2016 
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Awareness ; Clinical feature ; Hand eczema ; Multicenter study ; Surveys and questionnaires
BACKGROUND: Hand eczema is one of the most common skin disorders and negatively affects quality of life. However, a large-scale multicenter study investigating the clinical features of patients with hand eczema has not yet been conducted in Korea. OBJECTIVE: To identify the prevalence of various hand diseases, which is defined as all cutaneous disease occurring in hands, and to investigate the clinical features of patients with hand eczema and the awareness about hand eczema in the general population and to compare the prevalence of hand eczema between health care providers and non-health care providers. METHODS: To estimate the prevalence of hand diseases, we analyzed the medical records of patients from 24 medical centers. Patients were assessed by online and offline questionnaires. A 1,000 from general population and 913 hand eczema patients answered the questionnaire, for a total of 1,913 subjects. RESULTS: The most common hand disease was irritant contact dermatitis. In an online survey, the lifetime prevalence of hand eczema was 31.2%. Hand eczema was more likely to occur in females (66.0%) and younger (20~39 years, 53.9%). Health care providers and housewives were the occupations most frequently associated with hand eczema. Winter (33.6%) was the most common season which people experienced aggravation. The 63.0% and 67.0% answered that hand eczema hinders their personal relationship and negatively affects daily living activities, respectively. CONCLUSION: Hand eczema is a very common disease and hinders the quality of life. The appropriate identification of hand eczema is necessary to implement effective and efficient treatment.
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1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Dermatology (피부과학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
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Kim, Soo Chan(김수찬) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2327-4755
Lee, Min Geol(이민걸) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7040-5335
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