A nationwide study of acne treatment patterns in Korea: Analysis of patient preconceived notions and dermatologist suggestion for treatment

Hyuck Hoon Kwon, Hyun Sun Yoon, Dae Hun Suh, Ji Young Yoon, Sue Kyung Park, Eil Soo Lee, Joo Heung Lee, Nack In Kim, Young Chul Kye, Young Suck Ro, Sang Ju Lee, Myung Nam Kim, Kyung Jeh Sung, Eun Soo Lee, Kwang Joong Kim

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Abstract

Patients often have preconceived notions about acne treatments before visiting dermatologists. The aim of this study was to explore the association between patients' beliefs regarding acne and physicians' suggestion for treatment modality in dermatology clinics. A crosssectional, nationwide multicentre study was conducted. A total of 1,370 patients completed questionnaires about beliefs about acne treatment before seeking medical care, and 101 dermatologists assessed their acne severity and proposed treatment methods. We found that patients had preconceptions in understanding disease characteristics, assessing subjective acne severity and preferring specific treatment modalities. Dermatologists' determination of topical agents as first-line treatment was affected by disease severity and patients' preferences. They were also more likely to prescribe isotretinoin even in moderate acne compared to oral antibiotics and topical agents. Selections of physical treatments and light-based therapies were affected by patients' preferences, subjective self-evaluation and dermatologists' assessments. Thus, we suggest that acne treatment strategies should incorporate both patients' subjective perceptions and objective clinical practices into a management paradigm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)236-240
Number of pages5
JournalActa Dermato-Venereologica
Volume92
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Apr 19

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Acne Vulgaris
Korea
Therapeutics
Patient Preference
Dermatologists
Isotretinoin
Diagnostic Self Evaluation
Dermatology
Multicenter Studies
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Physicians
Light

Keywords

  • Acne
  • Epidemiology
  • Guideline
  • Patient's preference
  • Physician's selection
  • Treatment modality
  • Treatment pattern

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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A nationwide study of acne treatment patterns in Korea : Analysis of patient preconceived notions and dermatologist suggestion for treatment. / Kwon, Hyuck Hoon; Yoon, Hyun Sun; Suh, Dae Hun; Yoon, Ji Young; Park, Sue Kyung; Lee, Eil Soo; Lee, Joo Heung; Kim, Nack In; Kye, Young Chul; Ro, Young Suck; Lee, Sang Ju; Kim, Myung Nam; Sung, Kyung Jeh; Lee, Eun Soo; Kim, Kwang Joong.

In: Acta Dermato-Venereologica, Vol. 92, No. 3, 19.04.2012, p. 236-240.

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Kwon, HH, Yoon, HS, Suh, DH, Yoon, JY, Park, SK, Lee, ES, Lee, JH, Kim, NI, Kye, YC, Ro, YS, Lee, SJ, Kim, MN, Sung, KJ, Lee, ES & Kim, KJ 2012, 'A nationwide study of acne treatment patterns in Korea: Analysis of patient preconceived notions and dermatologist suggestion for treatment', Acta Dermato-Venereologica, vol. 92, no. 3, pp. 236-240. https://doi.org/10.2340/00015555-1331
Kwon, Hyuck Hoon ; Yoon, Hyun Sun ; Suh, Dae Hun ; Yoon, Ji Young ; Park, Sue Kyung ; Lee, Eil Soo ; Lee, Joo Heung ; Kim, Nack In ; Kye, Young Chul ; Ro, Young Suck ; Lee, Sang Ju ; Kim, Myung Nam ; Sung, Kyung Jeh ; Lee, Eun Soo ; Kim, Kwang Joong. / A nationwide study of acne treatment patterns in Korea : Analysis of patient preconceived notions and dermatologist suggestion for treatment. In: Acta Dermato-Venereologica. 2012 ; Vol. 92, No. 3. pp. 236-240.
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