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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 39  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 31-36

Quality of life and willingness-to-pay in patients with androgenetic alopecia

1 Department of Dermatology, College of Medicine, Al Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University (IMSIU) Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Dermatology, College of Medicine, Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University Al-Kharj, Saudi Arabia
3 Department of Dermatology, Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
4 Department of Dermatology, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Thamer F Mubki
Al Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University (IMSIU), PO Box 5701, Othman Ibn Affan Street, Riyadh, 11321
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ejdv.ejdv_33_18

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Objective The objective of the study was to assess the quality of life (QoL) in patients with androgenetic alopecia (AGA). A secondary aim was to determine the correlation between dermatology life quality index and willingness-to-pay (WTP) among subjects of different disease duration, severity, and socioeconomic factors. Patients and methods A self-administered multiple-choice questionnaire distributed to subjects diagnosed with AGA attending the dermatology clinic at three specialized hospitals in Riyadh from June 2016 to March 2017. Results Of the 233 subjects, 207 (88%) completed the questionnaires. The dermatology life quality index scores ranged from 0 to 29, with a mean score of 7.8±5.8 indicating a moderate effect on QoL. In 28.5% of subjects, QoL was affected very large to extremely large by AGA. Women showed a significantly higher WTP than men (P<0.001). Conclusion The present study suggests a moderate effect of AGA on the QoL. AGA impact women more than in men and women show more WTP than mem. More studies should pay more attention on the psychological status of patients with AGA.

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