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Do patients with acne need cognitive behavioral therapy? An analysis of patient knowledge and behavior
Article first published online: 16 JUL 2012
© 2012 The International Society of Dermatology
International Journal of Dermatology
Volume 51, Issue 11, pages 1319–1324, November 2012
How to Cite
Jung, J. and Hwang, E. J. (2012), Do patients with acne need cognitive behavioral therapy? An analysis of patient knowledge and behavior. International Journal of Dermatology, 51: 1319–1324. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-4632.2011.05218.x
- Issue published online: 16 OCT 2012
- Article first published online: 16 JUL 2012
Background Acne is a common skin condition that affects adolescents as well as young adults, and numerous treatment modalities have been introduced with various success. However, most of the therapeutic measures have failed to show a long-lasting effect because acne is a multi-factorial disease. Some of the factors can be effectively modified by patients themselves. We hereby present an analysis of patients’ cognition of the disease and behavioral patterns that can influence patient compliance and the efficacy of the adjacent therapy.
Methods The survey was conducted on 136 Korean patients at a private cosmetic clinic, using a questionnaire form on their cognition and everyday habitual care.
Results The results showed that the patients neither possess the proper knowledge nor behave appropriately when taking care of acne-prone skin.
Conclusions For a successful therapeutic alliance, it seems useful to provide knowledge and introduce a cognitive-behavioral therapy to the field of acne treatment.