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Cosmetic camouflage improves quality of life among patients with skin disfigurement: A systematic review

Kornhaber, R ORCID: 0000-0001-6556-6775, Visentin, D ORCID: 0000-0001-9961-4384, Thapa, DK, West, SG ORCID: 0000-0001-7738-9390, McKittrick, A, Haik, J and Cleary, M ORCID: 0000-0002-1453-4850 2018 , 'Cosmetic camouflage improves quality of life among patients with skin disfigurement: A systematic review' , Body Image, vol. 27 , pp. 98-108 , doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2018.08.004.

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This study systematically reviewed the impact of cosmetic camouflage use on different psychosocial outcomesin patients with disfiguring skin disorders. Electronic databases and reference lists were searchedin February 2018 for studies reporting the impact of cosmetic camouflage on different quality of life(QoL) outcomes. Eighteen studies met the inclusion criteria: six randomized controlled trials, two quasiexperimentalstudies, nine single group ‘before and after’ interventions, and one comparative study withsingle post-intervention measurement. Quality appraisal of included studies was undertaken using theJoanna Briggs critical appraisal tools. While the studies varied in design, those included in this reviewindicated significant improvement in QoL after the use of cosmetic camouflage. The mean reduction inDermatological Life Quality Index scores ranged from 1.4 to 6.4 signifying improvement in QoL of participantsafter treatment with cosmetic camouflage. Cosmetic camouflage can be an effective therapy inimproving QoL among patients with skin disfigurement.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Kornhaber, R and Visentin, D and Thapa, DK and West, SG and McKittrick, A and Haik, J and Cleary, M
Keywords: Camouflage; Cosmetic; Quality of life; Psychosocial Appearance; Systematic review
Journal or Publication Title: Body Image
Publisher: Elsevier BV
ISSN: 1740-1445
DOI / ID Number: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2018.08.004
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