Occupational skin diseases in cleaning and kitchen employees: Course and quality of life after measures of secondary individual prevention
Article first published online: 17 JUL 2007
JDDG: Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft
Volume 5, Issue 8, pages 670–676, August 2007
How to Cite
Soder, S., Diepgen, T. L., Radulescu, M., Apfelbacher, C. J., Bruckner, T. and Weisshaar, E. (2007), Occupational skin diseases in cleaning and kitchen employees: Course and quality of life after measures of secondary individual prevention. JDDG: Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft, 5: 670–676. doi: 10.1111/j.1610-0387.2007.06419.x
- Issue published online: 17 JUL 2007
- Article first published online: 17 JUL 2007
- Submitted: 25.2.2007 | Accepted: 2.4.2007
- hand dermatitis;
- kitchen workers;
- occupational dermatoses;
- SF-36 Health Survey;
Background: Cleaning and kitchen employees have an increased risk of suffering from occupational dermatoses. Prevention including improving individual skin care and skin protection behavior, health education, optimizing diagnostics and therapy as well as avoidance of occupational skin disease (BK 5101) is important.
Patients and methods: Participants in the courses were patients suspected of having an occupational skin disease. Besides socio-demographic and diseaserelated data, health-related quality of life (QL) was measured using the SF-36 and Skindex-29. One year later all participants were interviewed by telephone about the course of their skin disease.
Results: Out of 212 participants, 84.0 % were female. The mean age was 41.6 (SD = 10.8) years.168 patients (79.2 %) suffered from hand dermatitis,with irritant contact dermatitis being the predominant diagnosis (46.2 %,n = 98).One year later 65.4 % (n = 85) of the patients interviewed still suffered from hand der-matitis.9.2 % (n = 12) had meanwhile quit their job due to the skin disease.QL was impaired in all age groups being lower with increasing age of the patients.
Conclusions: The follow-up confirmed the positive impact of the skin protection courses on patients' skin disease and well-being. Occupational skin diseases impair health-related quality of life in these professions but disease severity does not seem to play a key role.