Knowledge of patients, relatives and non-relatives and their attitude towards vitiligo

Abdel-Hady El-Gilany, Abeer Mahfouz, Moheiddin El-Ghobary, Hassan Fayed

Abstract


Background Deficient knowledge of and negative attitudes towards vitiligo are common. This study aims to compare the knowledge of and attitudes towards vitiligo between patients themselves, their relatives and non-relatives.

 

Methods This cross-sectional comparative study was done in the outpatient clinic of Dermatology Department, Mansoura University Hospitals, Egypt. One haundard vitiligo patients and equal number of both relatives and non-relatives were included. Demographic characteristics of the participants were collected. Knowledge and attitudes were measured using validated scales of 11 and 5 questions; respectively. The median scores of both scales were considered as cut of points.

 

Results  Patients and their relatives have statistically significant more sufficient knowledge about vitiligo compared non-relatives (88% and 88% vs. 68%; respectively). Seventy-one percent of relatives versus 58% of non-relatives have positive attitude towards vitiligo patients. Medical personnels are the main source of information for vitiligo patients (47% vs. 39% and 6% in relatives and non-relatives). However, family and friends are the main source of information for non-relatives (49% vs. 23% and 29% in patients and relatives).

 

Conclusion Misconceptions and negative attitudes towards vitiligo are common especially among non-relatives. There is a need for both community-and hospital-based education about the disease for better adaptation of vitiligo patients within the community.

 


Keywords


Vitiligo, knowledge, attitude, myths, misconceptions

Full Text:

PDF

References


-Mohammed GF, Gomaa AH, Al-Dhubaibi MS. Highlights in pathogenesis of vitiligo. World Journal of Clinical Cases 2015; 3(3):221–230.

-Rodrigues M, Ezzedine K, Hamzavi I, Pandya AG, Harris JE; Vitiligo Working Group. New discoveries in the pathogenesis and classification of vitiligo. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2017;77(1):1-13. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2016.10.048.

-Al-Ghamdi KM, Moussa NA, Mandel A, Alkofidi M, Madani A, Aldaham N, Alkamel AA. Public perceptions and attitudes towards vitiligo. J Cutan Med Surg. 2012;16(5):334-40.

-Sharaf FK. Prevailing misconceptions of vitiligo among Saudi school children. International Journal of Health Sciences 2014;8(1):33-38.

-Walker C. Introduction. In Walker C, Papadopoulos L (Eds.). Psychodermatology: The psychological impact of skin disorders. 2005 pp. 1-3. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.

-Al-Robaee AA, Al-Zolibani A, Al-Shobaili A. Knowledge and attitude towards vitiligo in Qassim Locality, Saudi Arabia. Journal of Pakistan Association of Dermatology 2008;18(2):78–83.

-Al-Ghamdi KM. Beliefs and perceptions of Arab vitiligo patients regarding their condition. International Journal of Dermatolology 2010;49:1141–1145.

-Fatani MI, Aldhahri RM, Al Otaibi HO, et al. Acknowledging popular misconceptions about vitiligo in western Saudi Arabia. Journal of Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery 2016;20(1):27-31.

-Asati DP, Gupta CM, Tiwari S, Sanjeev Kumar, Vishal Jamra. A hospital-based study on knowledge and attitude related to vitiligo among adults visiting a tertiary health facility of central India. Journal of natural science, biology and medicine 2016;7(1): 27-32.

-Alshahrani AS, Alamar RS. Awareness, Knowledge and beliefs about vitiligo among female university students in Abha City, Saudi Arabia. European Journal of Pharmaceutical and Medical Research 2016;3(1):24-30.

-Juntongjin P, Rachawong C, Nuallaong W. Knowledge and attitudes towards vitiligo in the general population: A survey based on the simulation video of a real situation. Dermatologica Sinica 2018;36(2):75-78.

-Topal IO, Duman H, Goncu OE, Durmuscan M, Gungor S, Ulkumen PK. Knowledge, beliefs, and perceptions of Turkish vitiligo patients regarding their condition.An Bras Dermatol. 2016;91(6):770-5. DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/abd1806-4841.20165060

-Alshammrie FF, Al-Reshidi IG, Al-Rashidy MO, Al Anazi SM. Knowledge, attitude and misconceptions of public regarding vitiligo. Journal of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery 2019;23(1):16-19.

-Firooz A, Bouzari N, Fallah N, Ghazisaidi B, Firoozabadi MR, Dowlati Y. What patients with vitiligo believe about their condition. Int J Dermatol2004;43(11): 811-814.

-Agrawal S, Kumar A, Shyngwa PM. Understanding of Nepalese patients with vitiligo about their disease. Nepal Journal of Dermatology, Venereology & Leprology 2014;12(1):7-13.


Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.


ISSN: 1560-9014