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Development of a questionnaire to assess the impact of atopic dermatitis on health-related quality of life of affected dogs and their owners

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Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a chronic or chronically relapsing human and canine skin disease that is known to affect the quality of life (QoL) of affected individuals. Several studies have been conducted to develop disease-specific questionnaires and assess QoL in parents of children with AD and in the children themselves. The severity of canine AD is however currently evaluated using only clinical and pruritus scores. Measurement of the QoL of affected dogs and their owners could therefore provide a new tool for assessing disease severity and treatment efficacy. Ninety-eight owners of AD-affected dogs were asked to complete two questionnaires aiming to evaluate the QoL of affected dogs and their owners on one hand and the relationship between them and their dog on the other hand. Statistical analyses were carried out in order to assess the validity of the questionnaires and to select relevant questions for future studies. These analyses resulted in the selection of 13 questions that could be used in further studies aiming at determining the QoL of affected animals and their owners.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Clinic for Small Animal Internal Medicine, Dermatology Unit, Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Zürich, 8057 Zürich, Switzerland 2: Tierärtzliche Spezialisten, 22043 Hamburg, Germany 3: Medizinische Tierklinik, Ludwig-Maximilians University, 80538 Munchen, Germany

Publication date: February 1, 2010

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