Development of a Patient Aid for Grading of Acne Severity and a Comprehensive Acne Quality of Life Instrument (CompAQ) for Acne Patients
The overall objective of this work is to gain a better understanding of the experience of patients living with acne and how to support their decision making process in terms of acne treatment options. This research will investigate issues surrounding how patients understand how to accurately determine the severity of their acne and the treatment options available to them. From this, an effective patient aid will be developed to inform and support patients decision-making process when seeking treatment. This patient aid will include an acne severity grading scale, and established treatment guidelines. This study will also develop a comprehensive measure of acne quality of life (CompAQ) to gain a better understanding of the experience of patients living with acne above and beyond the physical concerns (e.g., psychological and social considerations). This measure will help to determine quality of life outcomes resulting from acne treatments in clinical trials.