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Women’s health and midwifery
Chronic skin disorders negatively impact women’s quality of life and sexual function
  1. Karen McGuigan1,
  2. Charles J McGuigan2
  1. 1 School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queens University Belfast, Belfast, UK
  2. 2 Data and Analysis, NorthWest Research, NI, Londonderry, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Karen McGuigan, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queens University Belfast, Belfast BT7 1NN, UK; k.mcguigan{at}

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Commentary on: Hassanin AM, Ismail NN, El Guindi A, et al. The emotional burden of chronic skin disease dominates physical factors among women, adversely affecting quality of life and sexual function. J Psychosom Res 2018;115:53–7. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2018.10.011.

Implications for practice and research

  • Psychosocial affects appear to be more acute among those with chronic skin disorders (CSDs) in visible or intimate areas of the body. As such, early intervention from healthcare professionals may be required to manage physical symptoms and ensure better psychosocial adjustment.

  • Future research should explore the mechanisms through which CSDs, and their physical manifestations, affect patient well-being.


The existing literature highlights the association between skin disorders and psychosocial affects; with comorbid psychological conditions including depression and anxiety common among those with dermatological complaints.1 What remains less clear is the impact of various …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.